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Late Byzantine views of Rus: a reassessment (2017)
Journal Article
White, M. (in press). Late Byzantine views of Rus: a reassessment. Byzantinoslavica,

The late Byzantine empire maintained close ties with the principalities of Rus, but these have been studied almost exclusively in the context of the crises surrounding the appointments of rival metropolitans for the East Slavonic lands in the mid- to... Read More

The mirror and the map: Central Europe in the late prose of Danilo Kiš (2014)
Journal Article
Zoric, V. (2014). The mirror and the map: Central Europe in the late prose of Danilo Kiš

The article examines Danilo Kiš’s essayistic and narrative articulations of the cultural space of Central Europe in the context of dissident debates and the Yugoslav political crisis. In mid-1980s, Kundera’s essay “The Tragedy of Central Europe” spar... Read More

The “grave covering” of St Demetrios between Byzantium and Rus (2014)
Journal Article
White, M. (2014). The “grave covering” of St Demetrios between Byzantium and Rus

Much scholarly attention has focused on the role of St Demetrios in the maintenance of the civic identity and cultural independence of Thessalonika, the Byzantine Empire’s second city. Yet Thessalonika did not always win this struggle with Constantin... Read More

Writing about war: making sense of the absurd in Mileta Prodanović's novel Pleši, čudovište, na moju nežnu muziku (Dance, you monster, to my soft music) (2013)
Journal Article
Norris, D. A. (2013). Writing about war: making sense of the absurd in Mileta Prodanović's novel Pleši, čudovište, na moju nežnu muziku (Dance, you monster, to my soft music). Modern Language Review, 108(2), doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0597

In the narrative of a mass conflict, the human experience of its effects may be subsumed into the rationalizing contours of history, or they may fall completely outside our comprehension. This article examines the intertextual strategies employed in... Read More

Chaos and "uiut" in Bulgakov's Belaia Gvardiia (2013)
Book
Hellebust, R. (2013). Chaos and "uiut" in Bulgakov's Belaia Gvardiia. University of Nottingham

The opposition of uiut (the meaning of which is only partially rendered by the English ‘cosiness’) and chaos is identified as a fundamental structural element in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Belaia gvardiia, informing the novel’s construction on a variety of f... Read More

Russian anti-literature (2013)
Book
Hellebust, R. (2013). Russian anti-literature. University of Nottingham

To support the myth of Russian literature’s unique social mission, its critics, historians, and creators since the time of Pushkin have used various strategies to present it as inherently nomoclastic – as somehow standing apart from established Europ... Read More

Techno-utopianism and the Orient in Russian revolutionary culture (2013)
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Hellebust, R. (2013). Techno-utopianism and the Orient in Russian revolutionary culture

The magnitude of the hopes pinned on technology in early twentieth-century Russia was directly proportional to its relative backwardness in this area. The nation saw itself on the brink of an historic clash between the age-old ways of the Slavic peas... Read More