Friday, July 20, 2018

UrFU holds 200th anniversary celebration for poet Mikhail Lermontov

Ural Federal University celebrated the 200th birthday of renown poet Mikhail Lermontov during the 11th All-Russian Scientific Conference on literature on Oct. 6-7.

This year's literature conference, Russian Literature: Types of Artistic Consciousness and Dialogue Ethnic Cultural Traditions, drew participation from several universities and research organizations throughout Russia, China, Poland, the U.K., Japan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Over the course of the two-day conference, literary scholars discussed myths about Lermontov and evaluated his overall contributions to literature.

Considered the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism for his poetry, Lermontov's prose is largely credited for establishing the characteristics of the Russian psychological novel. Lermontov's psychologically and spiritually complex characters were the subject of Chinese Professor Li Zhiqiang's report, Lermontov and Peredonov: Two Types of Sadomasochistic Psychology, at the conference this year.

Other sessions at this year's literary conference included a roundtable discussion entitled Personality and the Fate of Mikhail Lermontov as a Scientific and Literary Plot as well as plenary sessions dedicated to classic Russian literature, modern Russian literature and foreign literature.

Conference organizers are currently preparing to release two collections of essays and reports compiled at this year's event-- Dergachevysky Readings 2014 and Read Lermontov IV. A selection of scholarly works on Lermontov will also be included in the upcoming fourth edition of Proceedings of the Ural Federal University journal.