“Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit” Shakespeare’s sonnets and English love poems of the sixteenth and seventeenth century with Marina Boroditskaya and Grigory Kruzhkov
MUZEON Cinema hall

Marina Boroditskaya and Grigory Kruzhkov will speak about how English love poetry developed during the Elizabethan era; the role of William Shakespeare’s sonnets in these developments and aesthetics and symbolism in the works of Shakespeare’s younger contemporaries.

About the lecturers

Marina Boroditskaya is a poet, literary translator and children’s author. She graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University before working as a guide interpreter and school teacher. Her translation work was first published in Inostrannaya literatura magazine. She is the author of the poetry collections I Am Undressing A Soldier (1994), Skating Alone (1999), The Year Of Horse (2002), It Should Be Possible (2005).

Marina is best known as a translator of English, American and French classical poetry including Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, John Donne and Robert Burns. She was the first, published translator of Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Cressida’. She is a member of the Union of Russian Writers, the winner of Chukovsky and Marshak Literary Awards and for the last twenty years has hosted a radio show for high school students called “Literaturnaya Apteka”.

Grigory Kruzhkov is a poet, translator and essayist. His research focuses on Russo-British literary connections. He is the author of eight poetry collections, notably ‘Gostya’ (2004) and ‘Novye stikhi’ (2008). His many awards include an Honorary diploma from the International Board on Books for Young People (1996), the State Prize in literature (2003) and the Chukovsky Award (2010). He graduated of Tomsk University and attended graduate school, specializing in Particle Physics. His first translations of Theophile Gautier and Edgar Allan Poe were released by the publishing house “Khudozhestvennaya literatura”. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as an editor at Ogoniok magazine and is a member of both the Union of Russian Writers and PEN International. He has a PhD from Columbia University in Russian literature and has been a professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities since 2001.