Anna Karenina: Film Adaptations and Book Illustration
Few literary characters have made as many appearances in film
and illustration as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. From the silent era to
the most recent adaptation starring Keira Knightley, generations
of leading actresses have played her. Artists have made numerous
visual renditions of her too: she appears in illustrated editions
published around the world ever since the novel’s serial publication in
the 1870s. Each instance of adaptation and illustration not only
attests to the enduring appeal of Tolstoy’s novel, but also reveals
how filmmakers and audiences have grappled with its themes of passion
Timothy Ormond’s talk will discuss the main Russian, American and British film adaptations and show images from twentieth-century Russian illustrated editions, showcasing the work of Nikolai Piskarev, a copy of which is held in the library's Special Collections.
This free Thought Exchange lecture and slideshow will be held on November 13th, 1:00 -3:00 p.m., in the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library.