Dr. Inna Naroditskaya, Northwestern University, will present a lecture titled "The Queen of Spades: Gambling on Recognition."
The literary and operatic Queen has been analyzed as a mathematical rebus, a gambling story, and a game of the author/composer with the reader/listener. The interplay of leitmotifs in the opera and the intriguing time shift in the novel lead the scholar to interpret both as referential to the lustrous age of Catherine II and to the empress herself.
Inna Naroditskaya is Associate Professor of Ethno/Musicology at Northwestern University. Born in Azerbaijan (the former Soviet Union), she was educated as a pianist and musicologist and was once a performing pianist. She completed her PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Bewitching Russian Opera: The Tsarina from State to Stage (Oxford University Press, 2012), Song from the Land of Fire: Continuity and Change in Azerbaijani Mugham (Routledge, 2003), co-editor of Manifold Identities (2004) and Music of the Sirens (2006), contributor to the Journal of Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, and Ethnomusicology Forum. Dr. Narodistskaya combines her personal and professional experiences, writing about politics, gender, diaspora, history – through music.
This talk is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Music, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.