Ekaterina Pechenkina

Ekaterina Pechenkina is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, her work located at the intersection of education, technology, identity, gender and literary criticism. Most recently her research has been published in Race, Ethnicity and Education and UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Journal in the Arts. Under a pseudonym of Katya de Becerra, her poetry and short fiction appeared in Ygdrasil Journal of the Poetic Arts, Dark Edifice Literary Magazine and dotdotdash journal. Her two young adult horror novels, including her debut What The Woods Keeps have been recently acquired by Imprint / Macmillan.

‘The birds of paradise sing without a needing a supple branch’: Joseph Brodsky and the Poetics of Exile

During his lifetime, Joseph Brodsky – political prisoner, exile, Nobel Prize winner – was virtually unknown in his native, Soviet-era Russia. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the early 1990s Brodsky’s poetry became officially available to the public for the first time in the country, which had hitherto so furiously rejected him. By then already an established poet and essayist in the West, his quick (albeit posthumous) homecoming fame shortly followed, positioning Brodsky firmly in the minds of first-time Russian readers as a political martyr, poet-iconoclast and a major symbol of the Russian dissident literary world.

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