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Streaming video

Title Svetlana Boym: Exile and Imagination
Published Judith Wechsler, 2017
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (60 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary This documentary film is about the life and work of Svetlana Boym, literary and cultural critic, media artist, novelist and playwright. In 1980, age 21, Svetlana left the USSR for the US, unable to pursue studies at the Leningrad university because of the Jewish quota. After graduate studies at Boston University and Harvard, she became the Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard. A brilliant writer of ambitious scope and great imagination, combining personal memoir with philosophical essay and historical analysis, she explored motifs of exile, nostalgia, the diasporic imagination and different forms of freedom in Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Mandelstahm, Akhmatova, Brodsky, and many others, in a total of six books, with two more about to appear. Through videos of her lectures and interviews, together with photographs since her childhood, and her own photographs, and photomontages, the film conveys this remarkable person and her scholarly, critical, and artistic contributions
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Performer Dana Villa, David Damrosch, Donald Fanger, Guiliana Bruno, Masha Gessen, Musa and Yuri Goldberg, Sasha Sendrovich, Susan Suleiman, Tamar Abramov, Vitali Komar, William Todd
Event Originally produced by Judith Wechsler in 2017
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Artists
Documentary films
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Wechsler, Judith, film director
Villa, Dana, actor
Damrosch, David, actor
Fanger, Donald, actor
Bruno, Guiliana, actor
Gessen, Masha, actor
and Yuri Goldberg, Musa, actor
Sendrovich, Sasha, actor
Suleiman, Susan, actor
Abramov, Tamar, actor
Komar, Vitali, actor
Todd, William, actor
Judith Wechsler (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.