Polina Lisovskaya, St. Petersburg | Selma Lagerlöf in Russia

Sa 15.09.2018 | 11:00 Uhr | Rathaus Rostock


Selma Lagerlöf in Russia

Selma Lagerlöf is the first woman who received a Noble Prize in literature and became member of the Swedish Academy. One of her most famous works “The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson” has been for a long time among the most favorite children’s books in Russia. However, few Russians know that Lagerlöf has authored books for adults too. This 20th century’s major Swedish author visited Saint Petersburg and Moscow in 1912, and fourteen years later, in 1926, gave a rather controversial speech at the Swedish Academy in which she described her trip and her perception of Russia in general. The talk will deal with two topics: the fate and reception of Selma Lagerlöf’s texts in Russia and the ambiguous view of Russia as it was expressed by this renowned writer.


Polina Lisovskaya

  • Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1976
  • Studied Swedish language and Scandinavian Philology at Saint Petersburg State University, Uppsala University, Lund University; PhD in Comparative literature
  • Associate professor at the Department of Scandinavian Languages and Dutch, Saint Petersburg State University, Russian Federation
  • Translator from Swedish into Russian
  • Published over 20 articles on Swedish Literature and Culture (on Strindberg, Hjalmar Söderberg, P.C. Jersild, P.O. Enquist etc.)
  •  Lagerlöf, Selma. Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, V.15. (together with Anna Nordlund), 2017; Evangeliemotiv i Selma Lagerlöfs prosa (Motives from the Gospel in Selma Lagerlöf’s Prose) Evangelium enligt Selma: Lagerlöfstudier 2018, utgivna av Selma Lagerlöf-sällskapet, 2018


Contact: p.lisovskaya (at) spbu.ru

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