Wilson Center Experts

Cathy L. Popkin

Research Grant
Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Wilson Center Project(s):
Inscribing the Wall: Figures of Confinement in Russian Literature
Jan 01, 1989
Jun 01, 1989

Project Summary

Looks at accounts of imprisonment in 20th century Russian literature, locating a profound ambivalence toward immurement. Considers the terms of representation available to the writer who wishes to leave a record of his/her form of confinement. Traces the transformation and continuity of representation from the religious model as a source of salvation to the documentation of terror in the Gulag. Articulates the poetics of confinement.