Global literary networks focus of Comparative Literature Luncheon April 3

March 29, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Leah Feldman, assistant professor of comparative literature at the University of Chicago, will present ”The Strange Lover: The Anti-Nationalist Politics of Sergei Paradjanov’s 'Tableaux-vivants'” at 12:15 p.m. on April 3, in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Feldman's research explores the poetics and the politics of global literary networks, focusing on critical approaches to translation theory, semiotics, postcolonial theory, and Marxist aesthetics. Her current interests include contemporary formations of Eurasianist thought in new right media and communes, performance art, and alternative forms of socio-political collectivity.

Her book project "On the Threshold of Eurasia: Orientalism and Revolutionary Aesthetics in the Caucasus, 1905-1929," exposes the ways in which the idea of a revolutionary Eurasia informed the interplay between orientalist and anti-colonial discourses in Russian and Azeri poetry and prose. Tracing translations and intertextual engagements across Russia, the Caucasus and western Europe, it offers an alternative vision of empire, modernity and anti-imperialism from the vantage point of cosmopolitan centers in the Russian empire and Soviet Union.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.      

Last Updated March 30, 2017