Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

'We are socialists. The Russian side is our side': G. B. Shaw on the Russian Revolution

Fri31  Mar04:55pm(20 mins)
Senate Room


Olga Sobolev1
1 London School of Economics and Political Science, UK


G B Shaw is commonly regarded as one of the most influential cultural figures of his age. Known for the seeming controversy of their statements, one thing, nevertheless, remained constant throughout the life of the British dramatist: his long-term enthusiasm for Russia, and his firm belief that ‘the Russians would give the world back its lost soul’. The paper will examine Shaw’s response to the October Revolution within the context of his dramatic output, as well as its impact on the mass distribution of a special type of Russian discourse, on shifting attitudes and breaking stereotypes in image making.