Tolstoy, Incest, and the Russian Novel

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

Hollander Hall, 241