Postdoctoral project "Small Form, Collection and „Novel“: Dynamics of Text Length and the Concept of “Œuvre” in European Modernist Literature" (Russian, German and Czech Literature)
Svetlana Efimova studied Russian Philology and Comparative Literature at the Moscow State Lomonosov University (2007-2013). During this time she spent two semesters at the Humboldt University in Berlin (winter terms 2009/10 and 2012/13). She also studied and worked for one academic year (09/2010 – 06/2011) as a Russian language assistant in the Russian Department at Carleton College (USA). From October 2013 till July 2016 she was a doctoral candidate and a DAAD scholarship holder at the Freie Universität Berlin (Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature). Her doctoral thesis was titled “The Writerʼs Notebook as a Medium of Thinking in Russian and German Literature”. She completed her PhD with a “summa cum laude” in July 2016. Since October 2016 she has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies.
Research Interests: writing process research, materiality and mediality of literature, authorial discourse and genre theory, literature and cognitive processes, linguistic poetics, Russian-German literary contacts
My postdoctoral project, Small Form, Collection and „Novel“: Dynamics of Text Length and the Concept of “Œuvre” in European Modernist Literature (Russian, German and Czech Literature), examines six exemplary oeuvres* that are constituted by oscillation between poetry and prose, “small forms” and “large forms”. I explore such oscillations as driving forces in European modernism and analyze them within a dynamic oeuvre model. I would locate this typological model at the interface between the discourse strategies of “oeuvre politics” and “oeuvre poetics”. The poetics of oeuvre include such quantitative discourse phenomena as shortage, stringing together and lengthening or stretching. This project contributes to the contemporary reanimation of the category “literary work” and attempts to establish a dynamic concept of “work” and “oeuvre”.
* Rainer Maria Rilke, Gottfried Benn, Boris Pasternak, Marina Cvetaeva, Jakub Deml, Richard Weiner
1. Zapisnaja knižka pisatelja: stenogramma Žizni. Moskva 2012. [in Russian]
2. „Sudʼba ne poterpit izmeny“: poezija Konstantina Vasilʼeva. Moskva 2016. [in Russian]
Konstantin Vasilʼev: “Čto bratʼ s beruščej v dolg duši?” Stichotvorenija. Perevody. Statʼi. Sostavlenie, predislovie, biografija, kommentarii S.N. Efimovoj. Moskva 2015. [in Russian]