The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual, and intellectual identity. In literature, the figure of the fool – and the voice of the fool – has carried additional appeal as an enduring source of comic and stylistic innovation. Never has this appeal been stronger than in the past half-century, whether as a reaction to the «scientific atheism» and official culture of the late-socialist era, or as a response to the intellectual and moral disorientation that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) and, to celebrate the occasion, the Humanities Division are featuring a different research project each day to highlight some of the different endeavours that the ERC are supporting at Oxford. On Tuesday, the 15cBOOKTRADE project, led by Cristina Dondi, was chosen to showcase ERC-funded research at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
Vittoria Fallanca (1st-year DPhil, Pembroke College) has been announced as the runner-up for the 2016 R. Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize with her work ‘The Design of the Essais: Montaigne and the language of ‘dessein’’.
The aim of this conference is to foreground transnational women’s contribution to Portuguese culture (and vice versa) and to interrogate the nature of their impact in Portugal and beyond, while fostering an interdisciplinary and transcultural perspective. The conference will examine how the meaning of being a transnational/ diasporic artist has shifted across time, and focus on negotiations of creative influence and multiple identifications through the lens of gender.
The University of Oxford has been ranked 3rd in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages, just behind Harvard University and the University of Cambridge, with the coveted top five-star rating for research, innovation, and teaching.
L’idée vient en parlant: These words will serve as a basis for exploring – in English and German – how the debate about knowledge is configured in literary texts, to what extent it determines the poetic reflections of specific authors, and what might be the methodological and theoretical implications.
The Sub-Faculty of Spanish will host the V Foro Cervantes on 6 and 7 March. The Foro Cervantes is a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Instituto Cervantes in London to present to British academia some of the Spanish writers best known to critics and to the reading public.