Anna Berman (McGill University) will argue that in the nineteenth-century Russian novel, romantic love often lay much closer to home… even in the home - as opposed to the standard romantic plotline involving the arrival of a dashing stranger and the thrill of attraction. Using Tolstoy’s novels as its touchstone, the talk will explore the pattern of characters falling in love with someone who is like a sibling—a cousin, an in-law, or a figurative adoptee or member of the household. Often this closeness treads a fine line, raising the question: what counts as too close?
Monday, April 16 at 4:15pm to 5:45pm
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