Russian Club events

Please join Professor Marina Balina, visiting Wiswell scholar from Illinois Wesleyan University, for a series of lectures and presentations this week:

Monday, Oct 29, 2018  |  2:30p – 3:30p  |  Moore Hall 258

LLEA Speaker Series:
“For Freedom of Imagination: Andersen and His Soviet Legacy”

Dr. Balina presents her comparative project on a well-known Western author, Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), in a new unknown context. For Konstantin Paustovsky (1892-1968), a Russian Soviet writer nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature in 1965, Andersen became an inspiration in his search for artistic freedom.

For more information, please click on this Facebook link to the Balina lecture or download this flyer about the Balina lecture.


Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018  |  3:30p – 5:30p  |  Moore Hall 252

Russian Club “posidelki” (get-together with tea and snacks):
“Playing History with Post-Soviet Children”

Learn about Russia’s national history through images and text produced for Russian children after the downfall of the Soviet Union.

For more information, please click on this Facebook link to the Russian Club event.


Thursday, Nov 1, 2018  |  12p – 1:20p  |  Kuykendall 409A

The Center for Biographical Research at UH Mānoa Brown Bag Lunch Series: 
“Wounded Narratives: Jewish Childhood Recollections in Post-Soviet Literature”

Questions frequently asked by Slavic scholars interested in modern culture and literature revolve around the issue of identity in the post-Soviet era. At the center of Dr. Balina’s inquiry is the intricate nature of childhood recollections of Jewish writers in post-Soviet Russia for whom the hybrid nature of life writing, with its blurred boundaries between its different forms, provided new opportunities for the reconstruction of their suppressed Jewish identity. She will be analyzing two Russian-Jewish childhood recollections published after the fall of the Soviet Union, namely Yuri Karabchievsky’s The Life of Alexander Silber (1991) and Dina Rubina’s Apples from Shlizbutter’s Garden (1992).

For more information, please click on this Facebook link to the CBR presentation or download this flyer about the CBR Balina lecture.


Friday, Nov 2, 2018  |  11:30a – 12:20p  |  Moore Hall 226

“Pinocchio’s Adventures in the Soviet Wonderland”

Dr. Balina will place her discussion of two screen versions of “Buratino,” or “Russian Pinocchio,” into the context of the course, where we speak about most prominent themes in Soviet and post-Soviet cinema. The lecture is in English and open to public.

For more information, please click on this Facebook link to the LLEA 355 presentation.


Marina Balina is Isaac Funk Professor of Russian Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University, USA. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of 11 volumes, including Russian Children’s Literature and Culture (with Larissa Rudova, 2008), Petrified Utopia: Happiness Soviet Style (with Evgeny Dobrenko, 2009,) The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century Russian Literature (with Evgeny Dobrenko, 2011), Constructing Childhood: Literature, History, Anthropology (2011), To Kill Charskaia: Politics and Aesthetics in Soviet Children’s Literature of the 1920s and 1930s (2014), and Hans Christian Andersen in Russia (forthcoming, University of Southern Denmark Press). The focus of her scholarship is on historical and theoretical aspects of twentieth-century Russian children’s literature, specifically the Soviet period. Her scholarly interests include the hybrid nature of life-writing in soviet and post-soviet Russia (autobiography, memoir, diary, and travelogue,) and she has published widely on this subject.

Sponsored by Russian Studies, Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas and Center for Biographical Research.