A comprehensive guide to Russian culture from the end of serfdom in 1861 to the war in Chechenia. There are two main parts to the book - the first examines cultural identity from a number of perspectives - language, religion, ideology, geography (boundaries with Asia and the West), history and politics. The second, headed literature and the arts, covers literature, theatre, music, art and film. All the key figures are included - from Anna Akhmatova to Solzhenitsyn, from Bulgakov to Stanislavsky, and from Ivan the Terrible to Eisenstein.
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"The Companion is a useful tool... It provides neat introductions to the familiar faces and movements in Russian artistic history..." Susan Costanzo, H-Net Reviews
"...these wide-ranging and stimulating essays synthesize modern scholarship, provide useful material for the specialist, and serve as a helpful reference work for the reader already familiar with modern Russian culture." Robert C. Williams, Slavic Review
"[The book] will be utterly useful and enjoyable for students and individuals with advanced knowledge of Russia as well as for Slavic scholars." Victoria Richter, Slavic and East European Journal
Russia is a dominant force in the world, whose culture has been shaped by its unique position on the margins of both East and West. As Russia faces new cultural challenges from outside its national boundaries, this volume introduces Russian culture in all its rich diversity, including the historical conditions that helped shape it and the arts that express its highest achievements. Newly commissioned essays by leading scholars explore language, religion, geography, ideological structures, folk ethos and popular culture, literature, music, theatre, art, and film. A chronology and guides to further reading are also provided. The Companion offers both historical orientation for the central processes of Russian culture and introductory surveys of the arts in their modern context. Overall, the volume reveals, for students, academic researchers and all those interested in Russia, the dilemmas, strengths, and complexities of the Russian cultural experience.
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Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0521477999
Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0521477999
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