15 октября, вторник, в 18.00 в Золотом зале состоялась лекция доктора Луизы МакРейнолдз “Sherlock Holmes in Russia: Crime Fiction and Modernity”.
Analyzing the dialectic between formulaic crime fiction and the nineteenth-century Russian culture that produced and enjoyed it, this paper uses the popularity of the genre to discuss its implications for modernity. Beginning in 1866, with Rodion Raskolnikov's butchering of two women in Fedor Dostoevsky's eponymous novel about crime and punishment, Russian narratives of criminal actions customized a fictitious backdrop that borrowed substantively from true crime. Providing the comparatively safe haven of entertainment, crime fiction everywhere opens a door to the world behind the law code. Its function as mediator between the true and the untrue empowers this fiction to shape as well as to reflect cultural values associated with murder. The world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, served as an icon of British pragmatism and imperial superiority. His Russian incarnation, however, transformed him into a very different sort of representative, one tasked with negotiating a border that constantly shifted between law and order.