UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dostoevsky Day UK

11 November 2016, 10:00 am–5:00 pm


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Bloomsbury Studio 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH and the Masaryk SCR, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BW

To mark the 150th anniversary of the novel Crime and Punishment, UCL SSEES is proud to present our Inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK.

The opening event will take place on 11th November 2016 (Dostoevsky’s birthday), starting at the UCL Bloomsbury Studio. At 10 am, there will be a screening of the documentary Fyodor Dostoevsky (2006 Video), from the series Great Russian Writers, by Kultur International Films. This screening will be followed by the premiere of a theatrical monologue Raskolnikov, which was especially created for our event, by the  actor Jonathan Curry. (Free) Tickets for this, are available here.

The afternoon session will take place at the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (UCL SSEES) from 3.00 to 5.00PM, in the Masaryk Senior Common Room.

  • The session will start with the introductory talk by Joshua Clayton (Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers) entitled: Dostoevsky’s  Literary Works  &the Antiquarian Book Trade in London On the history of the Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers, with particular reference to Slavonic & Russian literatures, and ultimately, the arrival of Dostoevsky’s books in London.
  • This will be followed by David Magarshack, The Real Author of Crime and Punishment? by Cathy McAteer, a PhD research student at University of Bristol
  • Nigel Arthur - BFI National Archive will give a short illustrated talk on some of the key adaptions on Dostoevsky on screen with a selection of posters and stills from UK, Poland Japan and Russia. Arthur will focus his presentation on those Russian films that will be part of the Barbican special film retrospective in December, which complements our inaugural Dostoevsky Day UK (DDUK) programme.

At the end of this session, we will have a joint presentation by members about materials relating to Dostoevsky in UK libraries, focusing on Crime and Punishment by members of COSEELIS (Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services). The session will include presentations prepared by Mel Bach (Cambridge University Library): "Hands Up! : A Crime and Punishment Exhibition in Cambridge" and Katya Rogatchevskaia (British Library): “Dostoevsky at the British Library”, while Wojciech Janik (UCL SSEES Library) will present a library guide focusing on Crime and Punishment.  A photographic exhibition on St Petersburg by Maria Tolstaia is also planned.Further events have been scheduled to our Dostoevsky Day UK:

On 17th November at Rossotrudnichestvo (The Russian Cultural Center in London) at 7. 00 pm, the director Dmitry Turchaninov and his drama group will present fragments based on early works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky from – Netochka Nezvanova, White Nights, Poor Folk in a form of an open class of acting with immersion into a psychological subtleties of the material, under the title: Evening FM 

In December, Barbican Cinema has created a special programme, a film retrospective: Dostoevsky in December, with the following screenings:

Dostoevsky Day UK is dedicated to UCL-SSEES colleagues and dear friends: Professor Emeritus Isabel de Madariaga and the Poet Cameron Bain / Photo courtesy  The F.M.Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum /Logo & Poster Designed by Zuzana Pinčíková.

Curator: Dr Vladimir Smith-Mesa