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2011 LSE Literary Festival

Crossing Borders

A series of LSE Language Centre events taking place at LSE, which tie in with the theme of this year's Literary Festival. All events are free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information follow the links below, or contact Dr Olga Sobolev o.sobolev@lse.ac.uk| or Dr Angus Wrenn a.j.wrenn@lse.ac.uk|.

George Bernard Shaw Greets the Russian Socialist Utopia

Date: Wednesday 9 February 2011
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Shaw Library, Old Building

In 1931 George Bernard Shaw, a Nobel Prize winning playwright, author of Pygmalionand, as a Fabian, instrumental in the setting up of LSE, made a visit to the fledgling USSR, which culminated in a major meeting with Joseph Stalin. The scenes which greeted his arrival in the USSR, as a socialist writer sympathetic to the regime, were satirised in a 1932 Russian play Fourteen Little Red Huts by Andrei Platonov. Banned in his lifetime, we now present a rare modern production of the opening act of the play.

The evening will be complemented by a drinks reception, a documentary film and expert discussion of the political and literary implications of the visit and will compare Shaw’s reputation in the West and his reception in Communist Russia.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Dr Angus Wrenn A.J.Wrenn@lse.ac.uk| and Dr Olga Sobolev O.Sobolev@lse.ac.uk|

"Yes - oh dear yes - the novel tells a story" (E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel)

‘"The king died and then the queen" is a story. "The king died and then the queen died of grief" is a plot.’ Are these recognisable elements fundamental to all storytelling? Are these elements identical from one language or culture to another? Is translation of equal importance in both poetry and prose? An expert panel comprising a translator, novelist and poet considers these and other questions.

Followed by a reading of the winning entry in the LSE micro-fiction student competition and a performance by students of a classic one act play.

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