Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of Revolution: 1881-1940 by Catriona Kelly

Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of Revolution: 1881-1940

EditorCatriona Kelly, David Shepherd

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Constructing Russian Culture offers a pioneering new account of the relationship between literature and other cultural forms in Late Imperial Russia and Revolutionary Russia. The general consensus in Western study of Russia and the Soviet Union has been that understanding of `historical background' is essential to the study of `literature'. But this consensus has so far failed to produce sophisticated overviews of the culture as a whole; literary histories seldomventure outside a rigid canon of authors and literary groupings, and the account of `historical background' sometimes amount to little more than a listing of certain predictable political and social factors that can be perceived to have `influenced' (or impeded) literary developments. This book is an ambitious attempt to recontextualize Russian literature, and rethink the relations between literature and other cultural forms. The book examines a number of, in Bourdieu's term `cultural fields' in late Imperial Russia: science and objectivity; national and personal identity;consumerism and commercial culture. There is also a `keywords' introduction explaining the evolution of concepts of the self, the nation, and `literariness' in Russian culture, and an `Epilogue' outlining the further history of the central themes after 1917. Contributors include leading specialists in Russian literature, cultural history, and cultural theory from Britain, the USA, and Russia. Intended as a companion to Russian Cultural Studies: An Introduction (also OUP), this stimulating, original, and controversial book will be a vital resource forall those interested in Russian culture during `the age of Revolution'.

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David Shepherd is Professor of Russian, founder and Director of the Bakhtin Centre, University of Sheffield Catriona Kelly is University Lecturer in Russian and Fellow at New College, Oxford
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Title:Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of Revolution: 1881-1940Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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INTRODUCTION: Literature, History, CulturePART I: PROLOGUE: KEY CONCEPTS BEFORE 1881`Lichnost': Notions of Individual Identity before 1881; Obshchestvennost' Sobornost' : Collective Identities before 1881; Narodnost' : Notions of National Identity before 1881; Literaturnost' : Literature and the Marketplace before 1881PART II: CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN IMPERIAL RUSSIAChapter 1: The Objective Eye and the Common GoodChapter 2: Commercial Culture and Consumerism in Late Imperial RussiaChapter 3: Collapse and Creation: Issues of Identity and the Russian fin de sieclePART III: EPILOGUE: CONSTRUCTING A NEW RUSSIAChange and Continuity in the Aftermath of Revolution; Introduction: Iconoclasm and Commemorating the Past; New Boundaries for the `Common Good': Science, Philanthropy, and Objectivity in Soviet Russia; Programmes for Identity: The `New Man' and the `New Woman'; Directed Desires: Kul'turnost' andConsumption in Post- Revolutionary Russia; Conclusion: From `Russian Empire' to ` Soviet Union'APPENDICESANALYTICAL INDEX OF NAMES AND PLACESSUBJECT INDEX

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'The successive essays ... traverse a vast panorama, often with insight and panache. ... this volume's many achievements make its appearance a milestone in Russian studies.' Slavic Review