Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: From Melodrama to Modernism

Hardcover | November 17, 2013

EditorRebecca Beasley, Philip Ross Bullock

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Russia in Britain offers the first comprehensive account of the breadth and depth of the British fascination with Russian and Soviet culture, tracing its transformative effect on British intellectual life from the 1880s, the decade which saw the first sustained interest in Russian literature,to 1940, the eve of the Soviet Union's entry into the Second World War. By focusing on the role played by institutions, disciplines and groups, libraries, periodicals, government agencies, concert halls, publishing houses, theatres, and film societies, this collection marks an important departurefrom standard literary critical narratives, which have tended to highlight the role of a small number of individuals, notably Sergei Diaghilev, Constance Garnett, Theodore Komisarjevsky, Katherine Mansfield, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. Drawing on recent research and newly available archives, Russia in Britain shifts attention from individual figures to the networks within which they operated, and uncovers the variety of forces that enabled and structured the British engagement with Russian culture. The resulting narrative maps anintricate pattern of interdisciplinary relations and provides the foundational research for a new understanding of Anglo-Russian/Soviet interaction. In this, it makes a major contribution to the current debates about transnationalism, cosmopolitanism and "global modernisms" that are reshaping ourknowledge of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British culture.

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Russia in Britain offers the first comprehensive account of the breadth and depth of the British fascination with Russian and Soviet culture, tracing its transformative effect on British intellectual life from the 1880s, the decade which saw the first sustained interest in Russian literature,to 1940, the eve of the Soviet Union's entry...

Rebecca Beasley is Tutorial Fellow in English at The Queen's College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Theorists of Modernist Poetry (Routledge, 2007), and is currently working on a book-leng...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199660867

ISBN - 13:9780199660865

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Rebecca Beasley and Philip Ross Bullock: IntroductionLaurence Senelick: "For God, for Tsar, and for Fatherland!" Russians on the British Stage from Napoleon to the Great WarMichael Newton: Oscar Wilde's Vera; or The NihilistsCharlotte Alston: Britain and the International Tolstoyan MovementRobert Henderson: The Free Russian Library in London, 1898-1917Stuart Young: 'Avert Your Eyes and Hold Your Noses': Non-Chekhovian Russian and Soviet Drama on the British Stage, 1900-1940Philip Ross Bullock: Tsar's Hall: Russian Music in London, 1895-1926Ramsay Burt: Le Sacre du printemps in London: The Politics of Embodied Freedom in Early Modern Dance and Suffragette ProtestCaroline Maclean: Russian Aesthetics in Britain: Kandinsky, Sadleir, and Rhythm'Rebecca Beasley: Reading Russian: Russian Studies and the Literary CanonIan Patterson: The Translation of Soviet Literature: John Rodker and PresLitMatthew Taunton: Russia and the British Intellectuals: The Significance of the Stalin-Wells TalkLaura Marcus: British Film Culture and Soviet CinemaJames Smith: Soviet Films and British intelligence in the 1930s: The Case of Kino Films and MI5Ken Hirschkopf: Afterword: A Time and a Place for Everything: On Russia, Britain, and Being Modern