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'Virginia Woolf and the Russians'

Roberta Rubenstein, American University (to be read by Elizabeth Richmond-Garza)

Fri, February 12, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

In 1919, Virginia Woolf wrote, 'The most inconclusive remarks upon modern English fiction can hardly avoid some mention of the Russian influence, and if the Russians are mentioned one runs the risk of feeling that to write of any fiction save theirs is a waste of time.'  Roberta Rubenstein, who has transcribed Woolf's reading notes on Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Turgenev, will argue that the giants of Russian literature influenced Woolf significantly during the formative years of her career and in her development of Modernist writing techniques.

Roberta Rubenstein, Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C., teaches courses on modernism, twentieth-century women's fiction, and feminist theory. Her recent books include Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (2009). Her Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf, based on her friendship with Virginia Woolf's husband, was published as a Bloomsbury Heritage monograph (2005). She and her husband, Charles R. Larson, co-edited Worlds of Fiction, an anthology of international short stories. 

Professor Rubenstein's homepage may be found by visiting

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