Publishing lecturer takes part in The English Literature Project, RussiaClaire Squires recently returned from a two-day seminar on contemporary British Fiction in Perm, Russia.
At the invitation of the Oxford Russia Fund, Claire took part in The English Literature Project, which aims to introduce Russian university teachers of English Language and Literature to works of contemporary British fiction. The seminar, which is in its second year, is led by Karen Hewitt of the University of Oxford and Boris Proskurnin of Perm University, and was attended by approximately 100 Russian delegates. During the seminar, 6000 copies of books, bought by the Oxford Russia Fund and delivered to Russia by Blackwell's, were distributed to attendees.
As well as joining in general discussions, Claire presented Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth to the Russian audience. Claire has published a short reader's guide to the novel, Zadie Smith's White Teeth: A Reader's Guide (Continuum, 2002). The British and Irish team attending the seminar also included the novelist Esther Freud, Kirstie Blair (Glasgow University) and Muireann O'Cinneide (Oxford University).