Literature and National Identity

In this interview with IAFOR’s Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane, Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova shares some of her personal experiences and thoughts on how her generation came of age in Russia and the impact literature and arts has had on the nation’s identity.

In her Keynote Presentation at The European Conference on Literature & Librarianship 2014 (LibEuro2014) Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova discussed how national literature shapes and preserves national identity. In this follow-up interview with IAFOR's Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane, Professor Ter-Minasova shares more of her personal experiences and thoughts on how her generation came of age in Russia and the impact literature and arts has had on the nation's identity.


Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

She is Chair of the Russian Ministry of Education’s Foreign Language Research and Methodology Council, President and founder of both the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia, and the National Association of Applied Linguistics. She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham in the UK, the State University of New York in the USA, and the Russian-Armenian University, in Armenia.

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