On Saturday, June 10, Dr. Thomas Hodge presented “Ivan Turgenev: Russian Turmoil, Russian Nature” as a part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday online lecture series.
Ivan Turgenev was one of Russia’s finest nature writers. In his short stories, essays, and novels, he deploys expert knowledge of hunting and the natural world to support liberal values amid social tumult in mid-nineteenth-century Russia.
In the lecture, Dr. Thomas Hodge explored the ways in which Turgenev’s works oppose serfdom, dramatize the rise of socialist materialism, and comment on the clash of science and art — all against the backdrop of peerless descriptions of nature. During his presentation and ensuing Q&A session, Hodge discussed Turgenev’s “The Hunter’s Sketches” and “Fathers and Sons,” literary censorship, types of hunting in Russia, serfdom in the Russian Empire, the influences of other writer’s on Turgenev and his work, and attitudes towards Turgenev’s literary legacy.