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Poetic Critique of Reason: Lipavsky and Considerations of Temporality in Kharms's Circle

Friday, February 11, 2011
5:00 AM
The Common Room, 1022 Thayer Building, Institute for the Humanities

presented by Branislav Jakovljevic, Assistant Professor of Department of Drama, Stanford University

Branislav Jakovljevic, Assistant Professor of Department of Drama, Stanford University

Many of Leonid Lipavsky's philosophical tracts can be best described as a Platonic Symposium in decay: a group of strange characters sit around the table in a tavern, drinking vodka or eating apples, and reflecting on some of the most perplexing philosophical questions. This narrative philosophy can be tracked to the daily transactions of Lupavsky and his friends. Daniil Kharms's and Alexcander Vvedensky's poetic philosophy of time was informed by their participation in a discussion group that Lipavsky convened in the early 1930s. Starting from striking similarities between this underground circle and the contemporaneous Bataille circle in France, Branislav Jakovljevic also looks at their differences in order to examine the ideas about time and temporality in the work of Daniil Kharms and his close friends.

Co-sponsored by the Avant-Garde Interest Group and the Department of Theater and Drama.

Branislav Jakovljevic is an Assistant Professor at the Stanford University, Department of Drama. His areas of scholarly interests include the avant-garde (across disciplines—theater, literature, visual arts, music—and periods—European avant-gardes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, post-World War II avant-garde in Europe and America), theater history, dramaturgy, performance theory, philosophy of the event, and, most recently, performance and law. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in avant-garde, performance theory, and theater history. He has published essays on a broad variety of subjects, from history of late nineteenth-century theater, to Russian and Soviet avant-garde, to contemporary American experimental performance (The Wooster Group, composer John Adams, the site-specific performance group Skewed Visions). His works have been published in the United States (Theatre Journal, TDR, PAJ, Art Journal, Theater) and in Europe (Serbia, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, and Belgium). His book Daniil Kharms: Writing and the Event is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. Jakovljevic received his B.A. in Dramaturgy from the School of Theater, Film, Television, and Radio in Belgrade, Serbia, where he also worked professionally in theater as playwright and dramaturg and wrote theater criticism. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University.