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In Putin’s Russia: From “Gulag Archipelago” to “Glamour Archipelago”

Date: 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT March 13, 2014 Location: Mill 105

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The Russian Program Presents a Guest Lecture:

In Putin’s Russia: From “Gulag Archipelago” to “Glamour Archipelago”

 By Larissa Rudova, Professor of Russian at Pomona College


 Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 4:30pm

 Miller 105


 The ideology of glamour became the most ostentatious and alluring novelty during the first presidency of Vladimir Putin (2000-2008). The Russian fascination with glamour was so intense that many cultural commentators began to refer to it as the new ideology that the country had been searching for after the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

This talk will outline key aspects of Russian glamour culture—its opulence, gloss and seductiveness, but also its social and political underpinnings.


Larissa Rudova is Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages, Professor of Russian, and chair of the Department of German and Russian at Pomona College. She is the author of Pasternak’s Short Fiction and the Cultural Vanguard (1994) and Understanding Boris Pasternak (1997). She edited (with Marina Balina) Russian Children’s Literature and Culture (2008, 2011). She has numerous publications on modern Russian literature and culture. Her recent research focuses on Soviet and post-Soviet popular culture, film, and children’s and young adult literature.




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