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2: 'I Have Raised Myself a Monument': Writers Memorials, Writer Cults
3: 'Tidings of Me Will Go Out over All Great Rus': Pushkin and the Russian Literary Canon
4: 'I Shall be Famous as long as Another Poet Lives'
5: 'Awakening Noble Feelings with My Lyre': Russian Writers as 'Masters of Minds'
6: 'And don't Dispute with Fools': Male and Female Literary Roles from the Salon to the Soyuz pisatele (Union of Writers)
7: 'Every Tribe and Every Tongue Shall Name Me': Russian Literature and 'Prinitive Culture'
8: 'O Muse, be Obedient to the Command of God': Writing and the Spiritual and Material Worlds
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