- Catriona Kelly
‘“O Muse, be obedient to the command of God”: The spiritual and material worlds’ looks at Pushkin's early rejection of references to religion in his work, his generation's distrust of overt religious enthusiasm, followed by his contemplation of religion, repentance, and death, in later life. Where do Pushkin's views sit within the canon of Russian literature? How does Russian Romantic, Symbolist, Modernist, and Socialist Realism writing deal with the existence of God, the devil, death, and punishment? What is the place of black comedy in Russian writing, and how does it contribute to the uniqueness of Russian literature?