Jerome Rothenberg spoke as part of the 2017 seminar program on Writing Through: Translation and Othering as Forms of Composition.

Our Next Seminar

Hybrid seminar series 2023

'Reading Russian Literature in a Time of War: Chekhov and Tolstoy'  

with guest Rosamund Bartlett,

introduced by Dolla Merrillees

Friday 24 March 2023

11:00am – 12:00pm  

Against the backdrop of the invasion of Ukraine, this lecture will reflect on the unusual friendship between two great Russian writers, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. Tolstoy is now renowned for his novels, but during his lifetime he was better known for his promotion of non-violence and for his campaign against the Russian government and the Orthodox Church. Chekhov, one of the great innovators of the modern short story, was deeply influenced by Tolstoy's moral philosophy and social activism. This talk will delve into their relationship and consider the continuing importance of their humanitarian mission.

VENUE: Parramatta City campus, Peter Shergold Building, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta, Level 9, Conference room 4, please RSVP to Suzanne Gapps,, morning tea provided

ONLINE Zoom registrations:

All welcome!

ROSAMUND BARTLETT pursued an academic career for 15 years in the US and the UK before becoming a full-time writer and translator. Her books include Tolstoy: A Russian Life and Chekhov: Scenes from A Life. She is the translator of the Chekhov anthology About Love and Other Stories and her new edition of Anna Karenina was published by Oxford World's Classics in 2014. She is currently writing a history of Russian and Ukrainian modernism.

DOLLA MERRILLEES is the Director of Western Sydney Creative. She has held various senior roles including CEO and Director, Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences; Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation; and Director, Visual Arts, Museums and Galleries NSW.


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