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Russian Modernism : The Transfiguration of the Everyday - Stephen C. Hutchings

Russian Modernism

The Transfiguration of the Everyday

By: Stephen C. Hutchings, Catriona Kelly (Editor), Anthony Cross (Editor), Caryl Emerson (Editor), Barbara Heldt (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521580090
Number Of Pages: 316

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This book interprets the baffling complex of meanings attached by Russian culture to the concept of everyday life, or byt, and assesses its impact on Russian modernist narrative. Drawing on modern literary theory and theology, Stephen C. Hutchings argues that byt emerged from a dialogue between two aesthetic systems, one predominant in Western Catholic and Protestant cultures, the other reflected in Orthodox iconic traditions. He offers provocative, yet careful, readings of key narrative texts from the period.

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"This first study devoted to the subject is welcome for its rich, informed theoretical discussion...A book for graduate students and researchers." Choice "Russian Modernism will be useful to anyone with an interest in either Silver Age prose fiction or the interaction between Russian religious thought and Russian culture." Steven Cassedy, Slavic Review "Stephen Hutching's densely written book rewards the diligent reader with a sophisticated, well-illustrated, and convincing analysis of the function of byt (routine life) in twentieth-century Russian literature. Hutching's work...provides fresh, insightful close readings of salient Silver Age texts...Even more important, however, Hutchings convincingly traces how the struggle in Russian literature between are and "real life" achieves its ultimate transposition through Silver Age literature...it merits careful attention by any serious scholar of twentieth-century Russian literature and cultural studies." The Russian Review, vol.59

Narrative and the everyday: myth, image, sign, icon, life
The development of byt in nineteenth-century Russian literature
Enacting the present: Chekhov, art and the everyday
Fedor Sologub's aesthetics of narrative excess
The struggle with byt in Belyi's Kotik Letaev and The Christened Chinaman
Breaking the circle of the self: Vasilii Rozanov's discourse of pure intimacy
At the 'I' of the storm: the iconic self in Remizov's Whirlwind Russia
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ISBN: 9780521580090
ISBN-10: 0521580099
Series: Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.55