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Limited Absolutes: A Study Of "War And Peace" And The Pluralizing Experience, Sophia Melora Scanlon 2018 Bard College

Limited Absolutes: A Study Of "War And Peace" And The Pluralizing Experience, Sophia Melora Scanlon

Senior Projects Spring 2018

On the one hand, War and Peace contains statements that read as "absolute" or universalizing claims; these appear often in structures like that of the syllogism. This aspect of Tolstoy's style has earned the title of "scriptural." On the other hand, however, Tolstoy's universalizing language is continually undermined through his equally persistent "subjective" language, which confuses and threatens all "absolute" claims. I'm interested in the possible failure of the Tolstoyan "absolute," and the potential which the other "subjective" or "limited" authorial mode might offer. Through a number of "revelatory" experiences, I explore the division and imbalance of ...


Seize The Means Of Reproduction! Gender Wars In Zamyatin's We, Alexandra Gage Michaud 2018 Bard College

Seize The Means Of Reproduction! Gender Wars In Zamyatin's We, Alexandra Gage Michaud

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


Quantitative Fine-Grained Human Evaluation Of Machine Translation Systems: A Case Study On English To Croatian, Filip Klubicka, Antonio Toral, Victor Manuel Sanchez-Cartagena 2018 University of Groningen

Quantitative Fine-Grained Human Evaluation Of Machine Translation Systems: A Case Study On English To Croatian, Filip Klubicka, Antonio Toral, Victor Manuel Sanchez-Cartagena

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This paper presents a quantitative fine-grained manual evaluation approach to comparing the performance of different machine translation (MT) systems. We build upon the well-established Multidimensional Quality Metrics (MQM) error taxonomy and implement a novel method that assesses whether the differences in performance for MQM error types between different MT systems are statistically significant. We conduct a case study for English-to- Croatian, a language direction that involves translating into a morphologically rich language, for which we compare three MT systems belonging to different paradigms: pure phrase-based, factored phrase-based and neural. First, we design an MQM-compliant error taxonomy tailored to the relevant ...


Post-Utopian Science Fiction In Postmodern American And Russian Literatures, Julia Gerhard 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Post-Utopian Science Fiction In Postmodern American And Russian Literatures, Julia Gerhard

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines how the new modality of science fiction—post-utopia—incorporates two seemingly opposite discourses, utopian and dystopian, and how an oscillation between these discourses is manifested in the twentieth/twenty-first century American and Russian science fiction. While the simultaneous presence and vacillation between the utopian and dystopian discourses is evident in all the texts, some gravitate more toward the utopian pole, while others favor the dystopian. What my analysis reveals is that American novels exhibit a predisposition towards utopian visions, while their Russian counterparts largely give preference to the dystopian ones.

Specifically, in chapter two, which focuses on ...


Nature’S Influence On Narrative In Chekhov’S Fiction, Christian Miller 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Nature’S Influence On Narrative In Chekhov’S Fiction, Christian Miller

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Abstract: The recent boom in ecological criticism invites reconsideration of the role nature plays in the works of Anton Chekhov. Drawing on existing accounts of nature in Chekhov’s fiction as well as in Russian literature and culture more broadly, this thesis reveals a crucial and previously unrecognized affinity between five of Chekhov’s most celebrated stories: “The Kiss” («Поцелуй», 1887), “Fortune” («Счастье», 1887), “Gusev” («Гусев», 1890), “The Man in the Case” («Человек в футляре», 1898), and “The Lady with the Little Dog” («Дама с собачкой», 1898). In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, nature complicates the characters and the ...


Reflexive Control And Disinformation In Putin's Wars, Francis King 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Reflexive Control And Disinformation In Putin's Wars, Francis King

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The use of reflexive control (RC) and disinformation in the Russian conduct of kinetic and non-kinetic warfare is evident in conflicts from the Second Chechen War to Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. The original Soviet theory of RC has been refined and expanded into new dimensions of warfare including the concepts of information warfare and cyberwarfare, thus becoming a major weapon of the Russian military in its influence campaigns against the West. The technique of feeding disinformation or selecting the information an opponent receives in order to influence his voluntary decisions has been exploited by Russia ...


Unmasked And Unhindered: The Evolution Of The Affect Generator In The Works Of Pussy Riot, Alicia Baca 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Unmasked And Unhindered: The Evolution Of The Affect Generator In The Works Of Pussy Riot, Alicia Baca

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis provides an analysis of the evolution of Russian punk rock performance art group Pussy Riot's works from "Punk Prayer" and the recently released "Make America Great Again" and asks how the change in the group's physical appearance has affected their protest art. The most notable article of their performance costumes, the balaclava mask, acted as an affect generator that incited reactions from their audience. Now that the balaclava is no longer the primary affect generator for the band, the performer’s body has now taken over that role within their recent works. While their original intent ...


Totalitarianism Of Religion: Kirill Serebrennikov’S The Student (2016) & Russia’S Right Turn, Elena Moreland 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder

Totalitarianism Of Religion: Kirill Serebrennikov’S The Student (2016) & Russia’S Right Turn, Elena Moreland

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This paper examines Russia’s contemporary sociopolitical environment through the lens of Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov’s 2017 arrest and his work The Student (2016)– a film exploring the effect of religious radicalization on a high school student and those around him, adapted from Marius von Mayenburg’s original play Martyr. By tracing religious and political undercurrents in Russia following Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, it becomes evident that Russian cultural producers are facing increasing levels of illegal censorship whilst being targeted for opposition to the Church and government. This thesis demonstrates that Serebrennikov has created a political manifesto ...


Transformation Of The Russian “Leviathan” Over The Centuries, Andrei V. Grinëv 2017 University of North Georgia

Transformation Of The Russian “Leviathan” Over The Centuries, Andrei V. Grinëv

International Social Science Review

This article is devoted to analysis of the central figure of Russian history: the politarian state, which is a true “Leviathan” for Russian society and for the individual. From the author’s point of view the following pattern of Russian history can be shown: In the face of severe nature, natural and social disasters, external pressure, military and economic failures, blunders by the heads of state, Russian society, being a complex self-organizing system, chooses each time a politarian system as the only form of life suitable for survival under extreme conditions. The Russian elite also prefer politarism as the simplest ...


Жеф, Чйлфпт. Учпвпдб. – Юфп, Еумй?... – Еэј Оейъчеуфоп, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Жеф, Чйлфпт. Учпвпдб. – Юфп, Еумй?... – Еэј Оейъчеуфоп, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

No abstract provided.


Жизнь В Человеке, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Жизнь В Человеке, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

No abstract provided.


Verses And Versions, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Verses And Versions, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

A review of the book: Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry Selected and Translated by Vladimir Nabokov. Ed. Brian Boyd & Stanislav Shvabrin. Harcourt, 2008, 441 pp.

Резюме:

рецензия на книгу набоковских стихотворных переводов, Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry Selected and Translated by Vladimir Nabokov. Ed. Brian Boyd & Stanislav Shvabrin. Harcourt, 2008, 441 pp.


Review Of "Cat Painters: An Anthology Of Contemporary Serbian Poetry" Edited By D. D. Obradović And D. Djurić, Sibelan E.S. Forrester 2017 Swarthmore College

Review Of "Cat Painters: An Anthology Of Contemporary Serbian Poetry" Edited By D. D. Obradović And D. Djurić, Sibelan E.S. Forrester

Russian Faculty Works

No abstract provided.


Tragedies Of The Holodomor: Give Me Bread Or Give Me Freedom, David Kirichenko 2017 University of Washington

Tragedies Of The Holodomor: Give Me Bread Or Give Me Freedom, David Kirichenko

Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship

To effectively analyze the dimensions of the Holodomor, this research paper provides the historical overview of the Ukrainian state and nationalist developments. The overview shows the rise of Ukrainian nationalism and later, the problem that it would pose for Soviet leaders. Besieged by national tragedies and centuries of conflict, the Ukrainian people had emerged as the Ukrainian People’s Republic and embraced independence during the chaos of WWI. The Ukrainian government would lose to the Soviet Union and be incorporated as part of the Soviet Socialist Republic. Once Stalin consolidated power, he sought to industrialize the Soviet Union. However, since ...


Around Sonja: On The First Russian Translation, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Around Sonja: On The First Russian Translation, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

The first Russian translation of Wonderland was published anonymously in 1879 as Sonja v tsarstvie diva (Sonja in a Kingdom of Wonder, hereinafter referred to as Sonja).1 Deep Victorian mysteries surround it. Its translator remains unknown—but a hint from Lewis Carroll himself leads one to Russian aristocrats, patrons of the arts, and famous writers. Its readership is undocumented, but the faces of children who most likely first read this book are still well known in Russia today, having been painted by the most famous nineteenth-century Russian artists. Further, as one looks carefully at the text itself, one finds ...


Nabokov's Silverfish, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Nabokov's Silverfish, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

I discuss silverfish, of Lepisma—a strange insect that crawls through many of Nabokov’s pages.


Beheading First: On Nabokov's Translation Of Lewis Carroll, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Beheading First: On Nabokov's Translation Of Lewis Carroll, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

Anya v Strane chudes, young Nabokov’s 1923 Russian translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, contains an intentionally shifted statement “beheading first, sentence later” compared to Lewis Carroll’s “sentence first, verdict later”. The shift is fitting for the 1920s children émigré audience.


An Anti-Locust Campaign In Nabokov (And Pushkin), Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

An Anti-Locust Campaign In Nabokov (And Pushkin), Victor Fet

Victor Fet

Pushkin’s non-apocryphal anti-locust campaign is reflected in Nabokov’s unpublished sequel to The Gift.


Notes On Eryx, Omega, And Ata, Victor Fet 2017 Marshall University

Notes On Eryx, Omega, And Ata, Victor Fet

Victor Fet

Observations on several Nabokov’s works (Pale Fire, Lolita) where geographic or zoological names provide sources for puns and hidden parallels.


The Cultural Politics Of Eurovision: A Case Study Of Ukraine’S Invasion In 2014 Against Their Eurovision Win In 2016, Jordana L. Cashman 2017 Brigham Young University

The Cultural Politics Of Eurovision: A Case Study Of Ukraine’S Invasion In 2014 Against Their Eurovision Win In 2016, Jordana L. Cashman

Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

Politics is officially banned from Eurovision, and songs that are too political can be prevented from being performed. However, the complete separation of culture and politics is impossible, and cultural performances often carry both indirect and explicit political messages. Eurovision is no exception. Established in 1956, the cultural-political goal of the contest was to unite European countries after the devastation of WWII, and it is one of the hallmarks of the cultural and political integration Europe has pursued since the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951. Now, since contestants are based on members of the European ...


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