THE OVERTHROW OF LITERARY CANONS AND THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
YURI SLEZKINE IN CONVERSATION WITH IVAN KRASTEV
SONNTAG, 2.10. 2022 / 14h00,
AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE WIEN, AULA
In recent decades, the West has been voluntarily dismantling literary canons, opening up space for new narratives from previously unrecognized quarters of society to enter center stage. But could the dismantling of the Western literary canons have something to do with the decline of Western civilization? In conversation with IWM Permanent Fellow IVAN KRASTEV, the Russian-American historian YURI SLEZKINE will look at the texts and political myths of the Western literary canons as an important source for understanding the rise, radical fragmentation, and eventual decline of Western civilization.
/ In English
Yuri Slezkine is Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley; Senior Research Fellow at St. Edmund College, Oxford, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent books are The Jewish Century (Princeton UP, 2004) and The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton UP, 2017).