Wallace Stevens "Harmonium" - book presentation

On December 8, 2017, the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University hosted a presentation of the latest addition to the Literary Monuments series: Wallace Stevens, Harmonium (Moscow: Nauka, 2017). Dr. Venediktova, head of the department for discourse and communication studies in the School of Philology at MSU, and also twice Fulbright Alumna and Chairman of the Association of Russian Fulbright Alumni, together with Anna Shvets, current MA Fulbrighter in philology, were the event-planners.

To this day Wallace Stevens, one of the best American poets of the twentieth century, is barely known in Russia. Thanks to this new edition Russian readers can now familiarize themselves with the complete text of his most notable collection of poems, Harmonium (1923), published in this volume alongside his philosophical essays and aphorisms from his “notebooks.”

The presentation included readings of Stevens’ poetry in Russian by Russian translator Grigory Kruzhkov, interpretations of the poems by scholars, including Tatiana and Anna, and a response from Ms. Shvets’ colleague in the English Department at the University of Georgia. The multi-local, multi-vocal, and multi-lingual evening was thoroughly engaging, the room brimming with Stevens’ spirit of musical mischievousness, intellectual freedom, zest for life, and love of the written word.

Dr. Venediktova and her colleagues would love to continue their poetry readings!
Join them at the Department of Communication Studies of the Philological Faculty of MSU: and

Their next roundtable “Mechanisms of Censorship in Literary Translation” will be held December 21, 2017. To order an entrance pass please contact no later than the day before the event. Send ideas and proposals to department chair Tatiana Venediktova at

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