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Dear colleagues, 

Here is the information about the conference in the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskii Dom) of Russian Academy of Science (Saint-Petersburg, 6th September - 7th September 2018).

With best regards,

Natalia Semenova, PhD




 War and Memory in Grigory Baklanov’s Works and in Soviet/Post-Soviet Literature About World War II


The Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskij Dom)

6th September 2018 – 7th September 2018

The Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskii Dom) of Russian Academy of Sciences will hold a two-day conference to mark the 95th anniversary of the birth of the writer Grigory Baklanov (1923–2009). The conference will be held at the Institute of Russian Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg on September 6–7, 2018.


Grigory Baklanov is best known for his novels about World War II in which he participated; among them––South of the Main Offensive (1957), The Foothold (1959), The Dead Know No Shame (1961), July 1941 (1964), and Forever Nineteen (1979). His legacy includes plays, memoirs, short stories, essays, and film scripts. Baklanov’s career was launched during Khrushchev’s Thaw in the late 1950s when his novels were both praised and attacked for their truthful depiction of war from the battlefield. He became part of a new movement in Soviet literature, termed “lieutenant prose”. Influenced by Victor Nekrasov’s 1946 novel In the Trenches of Stalingrad, Baklanov, Vasil Bykov, Konstantin Vorobyov, and others created personal, testimonial prose, relaying factual experiences of ordinary soldiers and officers. Baklanov’s novels tell the story of his generation, which nearly all perished in battle. A moral vision of his generation and responsibility as a survivor to remember the fallen became his central themes: “Everything I write is a single book about our generation”. These themes re-emerge in his late prose, in the novels The Lesser Among the Brothers (1981), The Moment Between the Past and the Future [Svoi chelovek] (1990), And Then Come the Looters (1995). 

         Grigory Baklanov’s creative activity was diverse. As a playwright he collaborated with Yuri Lyubimov at the Taganka Theatre; he also wrote scripts collaboratively with film directors Marlen Khutsiev; Iosif Kheifitz; Andrei Smirnov, and Boris Yashin. During glasnost he became the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Znamya (1986–1993).


The Conference invites abstracts on a wide range of issues concerning Grigory Baklanov’s legacy as well as the depiction of World War II in Soviet and post-Soviet literature, cinema, and theatre. Major topics include, but are not limited to:


·      G. Baklanov’s Biography, Books, Facts

·      G. Baklanov’s War Prose: Definitive Features, Ideas and Themes 

·      G. Baklanov’s Novels: Comparative Analysis

·      G. Baklanov’s Works for Theater / Cinema

·      Legacy of War Novelists V. Astafiev, V. Bykov, V. Nekrasov, K. Vorobyov, and others

·      Soviet / Post-Soviet War Prose: Definitive Features

·      Soviet / Post-Soviet Poetry About WWII

·      World War II and Cinema / World War II and Theatre

·      Challenges in Commemorating World War II in Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature and Culture

·      Women in Soviet / Post-Soviet Literature about World War II


The Conference welcomes reports from all interdisciplinary backgrounds.


Special guest––Alexandra Popoff, author of literary biographies and Grigory Baklanov’s daughter.

Please submit abstracts of around 200 words for 20-minute presentations along with a short biography (up to 150 words) to Natalia Semenova ([log in to unmask]). Submission Deadline: 20 July 2018 (extended deadline – 20 August 2018). Notification of Acceptance: 25 July 2018 and 25 August 2018.

Working languages are Russian and English.

Organizing Institution:

Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskii Dom) of Russian Academy of Sciences (IRLI RAS)

Organizing Committee:

Professor Valerii Viugin

Professor Tatyana Tsarkova

Junior research fellow Natalia Semenova



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