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New DFG Research Project at the Institute for Slavian Philology

DFG Grant for Research Project to Investigate the Adventure Literature of the Early Soviet Union


Prof. Dr. Riccardo Nicolosi and Dr. Brigitte Obermayr, both of the LMU in Munich, are researching the adventure literature of the early Soviet Union as part of the research group "Philology of Adventure." Beginning February 1, 2018, and lasting for a period of three years, Riccardo Nicolosi and Brigitte Obermayr will deal with the Soviet adventure literature of the 1920s and early 1930s.

In the early Soviet Union, in particular, an intensive theoretical reflection on the forms and functions of adventure literature began, which was accompanied by the testing of new narrative procedures. On the one hand, the research project seeks to explore the significance and function of adventure within the development of a modernist Russian prose, as well as the accompanying new literary theories and the relationship between fictionality and factuality.

The project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is part of the research group "Philology of Adventure," a cooperation between the subjects Comparative, German, English, Romance, Classical, and Slavic Studies, in which researchers from the LMU Munich and the FU Berlin are involved. The scientists want to investigate the genesis and development of the literary concept of adventure in an interdisciplinary way, and to locate this language- and border-crossing in literary history.

Riccardo Nicolosi holds the Chair of Slavic Literature at the Institute of Slavic Philology. He is part of the academic staff at the Graduate School of East and Southeast European Studies and is director of the Literary Narrative Discourse Study Group.