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Charlie Smith

University of Illinois at Chicago

Charlie is currently formulating his theory of "Russian Surrealism," involving the unacknowledged intellectual history of Surrealist ideas in Russia, as well as the basic formal qualities of avant-garde and experimental literature of the early 20th century that can be called "Surrealist." He is also interested in the psychology of (national/natural) space in Russian literature, theories of 'affect,' Metaphysical Realism, Traditionalism, and esotericism in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries