Panel: Graduate research on Dostoevsky at 200

Reflecting some of the best contemporary research on Dostoevsky by emerging scholars, this graduate panel focuses on two distinct themes. The first encompasses the history, uses and reception of translations of Dostoevsky as part of the transnational turn in literary studies. Dmytro Memari Fard addresses the co-opting of Dostoevsky’s works for a nationalist agenda in the first attempts to publish a complete works in the German language, and Christina Karakepeli assesses approaches to translation that have led to Dostoevsky’s sustained influence on Greek literature. The second strand of the panel sheds new light on alienation as mediated through poetic images. Rachel Sims analyses the ubiquitous Dostoevskian image of the spider in relation to anti-omniscient forms of narration, while Kristina Polakova’s phenomenology of rain explores the multiple challenges to identity posed by the natural forces of St Petersburg’s unnatural environment.

Chair: Dr. Sarah J. Young, UCL-SSEES


  • Kristina Polakova, University of Rome, La Sapienza
  • Rachel Sims, University of Arizona
  • Christina Karakepeli, University of Exeter
  • Dmytro Memari Fard, TU Dresden

Discussant: Dr. Kate Holland, University of Toronto

This event is co-hosted by UCL-SSEES and the University of Toronto. You can view the video recording below.

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