Russian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy by Susan LaytonRussian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy by Susan Layton

Russian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy

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This is the first synthesizing study of Russian writing about the Caucasus during the nineteenth-century age of empire-building. It covers major writers including Pushkin, Tolstoy and Lermontov, but also introduces material from travelogues, oriental studies, ethnography, memoirs, and the utterances of tsarist officials and military commanders. Setting these writings and the responses of the Russian readership in historical and cultural context, Susan Layton examines ways that literature underwrote imperialism. But her study also reveals the tensions between the Russian state's ideology of a European mission to civilize the Caucasian Muslim mountaineers, and romantic perceptions of those peoples as noble primitives whose extermination was no cause for celebration.
Title:Russian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to TolstoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:September 15, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521020018

ISBN - 13:9780521020015

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Map; 1. Introduction; 2. The poet and terra incognita; 3. Imaginative geography; 4. Sentimental pilgrims; 5. The national stake in Asia; 6. The Pushkinian mountaineer; 7. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky's interchange with the tribesman; 8. Early Lermontov and oriental machismo; 9. Little orientalizers; 10. Feminizing the Caucasus; 11. Georgia as an oriental woman; 12. The anguished poet in uniform; 13. Tolstoy's revolt against romanticism; 14. Post-war appropriation of romanticism; 15. Tolstoy's confessional indictment; 16. Concluding observations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"In laying bare the ambivalent and often contradictory expectations of this market, Layton is acute and perceptive...there is much to be learnt from this investigation of an imperial relationship which contained elements of both the creative and the destructive." Goeffrey Hosking, Russian Literature