Russian Culture Week: “Staging and Up-Staging Monarchy at St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace”

Staging and Upstaging Monarchy at St. Petersburg's Winter Palace

Dr. Susan McCaffray, Professor of Russian History at UNCW, will give a talk based on her recently published monograph, The Winter Palace and the People: Staging and Consuming Russia’s Monarchy, 1754–1917 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2018).

The Winter Palace—originally built to be a magnificent stage for Russian monarchy—gradually became the architectural symbol of St. Petersburg itself. Professor McCaffray’s research tracks the process at the end of the nineteenth century by which the Winter Palace became more oriented toward St. Petersburg’s public than toward the monarchs. The subtle usurpation of this space by the public is one of the many threads by which the fabric of monarchy began to fray. The Revolution of 1917 brought together soldiers, revolutionaries, palace servants, arts experts, and urban crowds as the monarchs’ audience quite literally took the stage.

Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Eaton Humanities, 1B90
1610 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80309

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International & Global Affairs


Students, Faculty, Alumni, General Public, Staff

College, School & Unit

Arts & Sciences


Russian, GSLL

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
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