What is literature? What does literature do to our mind, our life, and our society? And how should we read it? The answer seems more complex than we assume.
In the program from August 9 to 13, we will explore these questions by focusing on five dimensions of the verbal art: imagination, communication, representation, emotion, and illumination. Through the program, participants will develop a new critical understanding of the role of the written word in the today's world of mass media.
Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Yale University
Jinyi Chu is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. His research focuses on Russian Literature, Russo-Chinese cultural connections, and global modernism. He was also a visiting scholar of Russian Academy of Sciences and Fudan University. He translated Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time and Smugglers, Rebels, Pirates: Itineraries in the Publishing History of ‘Doctor Zhivago’. He is now working on a Book Project of Russian Modernism’s China: Fin-de-siècle Geopoetics.