Bad Words, Bad Writing?
A mini-seminar on Vladimir Sorokin with
book launch
Time & place: 1 November 2013, 13-16, 27.0.09 (KUA1)
Hosted by Tine Roesen, assistant professor
of Russian Literature, ToRS. E-mail:
Friday 1 November 1300-1600 in room
1.       Welcome and introduction by Tine Roesen
2.       Manuela Kovalev (University of Manchester and University of Viennna)
3.       Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau)
4.       Questions
5.       Book launch reception with snacks and drinks
The seminar will present and discuss one
of the most prominent, prolific and controversial writers in contemporary
Vladimir Sorokin (b. 1955). Focus will be on his many languages, in particular
on his use of “unprintable”, obscene language, which caused his novel Blue Lard (1999) to become the first
novel subjected to an obscenity trial in post-Soviet Russia, and on his
incorporation of Chinese (and pseudo-Chinese) words in several texts, rendering
them almost unreadable.