World of 19th-century Russian literature comes to library

OCEANSIDE — Readers fascinated by major political and religious changes in Russian history will find many opportunities to expand their studies of this rich culture at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Oceanside Public Library, 330 N. Coast Highway 101. The guest speaker will be Amelia Glaser, an assistant professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at UCSD. Glaser is currently completing a book, “To and From the Fair,” which reveals the importance of Gogol to Russian, Ukrainian and Yiddish literature.
A free lecture and discussion focused on Nikolai Gogol, Russian novelist, dramatist, satirist, and founder of so-called “critical realism” in Russian literature, best-known for his novel “Dead Souls,” will be presented at the Civic Center Library.
The 19th century was the Golden Age for Russia’s national literature. In this period Russian literature developed its tradition, history and distinct language. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Gogol were all part of “the century of classics,” as the period of these core writers is known.
The program will be in the Board Room (enter through Library Administration, second floor). This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For more information, visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5657.

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