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p. 1177. ‘Every tribe and every tongue will name me’

Russian literature and ‘primitive culture’locked

  • Catriona Kelly

Abstract

‘“Every tribe and every tongue will name me”: Russian literature and “primitive culture”‘ looks at Pushkin's fame and influence throughout the Soviet Union and beyond. Contemporary, Romantic views of Orientalism, race, the noble savage, the boundaries between rural and urban cultures, and between the conquerer and the conquered, are surveyed. The confusion between author and hero in popular culture is examined. How did the Emancipation of the Serfs (1861) affect the portrayal of serfs, particularly female serfs, in Russian literature? Modernist work and its roots in folk culture is discussed, and the reasons for the entry of the Russian lower classes into the literary mainstream for the first time, are examined.

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