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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Literature’s Limitations in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

Literature is limited in how it can communicate with an audience. In The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov demonstrates the impediments that literature faces in terms of how it is written, read, and distributed. To this end, the specific items that Bulgakov addresses are: the creative process or development of a written work, the prejudices, experiences and ideas that a reader brings when reading printed literature, and the forces that affect the production and distribution of a literary work. Scholars of Bulgakov’s novel explore his portrayal of literature in depth, focusing on ideas such as how an unpublished text is able to reach a readership and Bulgakov’s “belief in the stubborn, indestructible power of art”. These ideas construct a contemplative dialogue on our understanding of literature.

Presenter: Melissa Kofod (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 219 Hartwell
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)