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Associate Professor Irina Melentieva Presents at Conference on “Anna Akhmatova: Russian and National Literatures”

imageOGXZDFHHOn September 25-26, the 15th International Academic Conference on the recurring theme of “Russian Classics: Russian and National Literatures”, took place in Erevan, Armenia; it was dedicated to the 135th anniversary of Anna Andreevna Akhmatova's birth. The forum was attended by Associate Professor Irina Evgenievna Melentieva from Saint Tikhon's Orthodox University of the Humanities (STOUH).

The conference dedicated to Akhmatova, like the previous fourteen, was organized by the eminent public cultural figure Dr. phil. habil. Mikhail Davidovich Amirkhanian. Dr. Amirkhanian is not only a professor at the prestigious Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, but also president of the Armenia-Russia Fellowship.

Irina Melentieva, Associate Professor of the Department of the History and Theory of Literature at STOUH, gave a talk at this academic forum on “Akhmatova and Solzhenitsyn. Points of Crossover: The Girl at Needlework”. In her contribution, Irina Melentieva commented not only on the biographical but also the genetic and typological links between the works of these two Russian authors. Among other things, she became the first to point out the presence of the literary topos of the “Girl at Needlework”/“Girl with Embroidery Hoops” in Akhmatova's works.

Like all of Prof. Amirkhanian's conferences, this one on Akhmatova was supplemented with an extensive cultural program. Trips were arranged to the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide memorial complex, the museum of Sergey Paradzhanov in Yerevan, Armenia's principal ethnographic museum at Sardarabad, the Hellenistic architectural sites at Garni, and the monastery complex at Gegard.

In 2020, Mikhail Amirkhanian has plans to organize two conferences at once devoted to the Nobel laureates Boris Pasternak and Ivan Bunin.

I. E. Melentieva