A Russian Hero's Journey Through Time and Space: Pavel Korchagin in China

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Assistant Professor of Chinese Frederik H. Green explores the discursive complexity of Nicholas Ostrovskii's socialist-realist classic "How the Steel Was Tempered" in China. Tracing its protagonist's many transformations -- from war hero and popular icon of the Mao era to unlikely role model during the reform era and, finally, symbol of nostalgia -- the talk illustrates how the novel has been indigenized thoroughly to become inseparable from modern Chinese revolutionary and popular culture. Free.
Humanities Building, Room 473
Foreign Languages and Literatures Department
Foreign Languages and Literatures Department
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Green’s research interests include Republican-period literature and visual culture, Sino-Japanese relations and post-socialist Chinese cinema.