Entertaining Tsarist Russia: Tales, Songs, Plays, Movies, Jokes, Ads, and Images from Russian Urban Life, 1779-1917 / Edition 1

Entertaining Tsarist Russia: Tales, Songs, Plays, Movies, Jokes, Ads, and Images from Russian Urban Life, 1779-1917 / Edition 1

by James von Von Geldern
     
 

This anthology introduces readers to Tsarist Russia’s emerging popular and commercial urban culture and the individuals and groups that produced and consumed it. The selections translated here illustrate in colorful detail how the experiences and the composition of Russian society and culture evolved from the late eighteenth century through the 1917

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This anthology introduces readers to Tsarist Russia’s emerging popular and commercial urban culture and the individuals and groups that produced and consumed it. The selections translated here illustrate in colorful detail how the experiences and the composition of Russian society and culture evolved from the late eighteenth century through the 1917 revolution, in response to economic, technological, and political changes. Fortunetelling and etiquette manuals, thieves’ tales, children’s literature, popular songs, war stories, women’s novels, satires of life in America, and vaudeville skits are just a few of the genres represented.

Indiana University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253211958
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,059,675
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note on Transliteration
Pt. IThe Heyday of Absolutism, Late Eighteenth Century-1825
Anecdotes about Balakirev (Traditional Tales)4
Tales of the Ancient Poshekhonians (1798)6
The Merry Old Fellow (1790)10
The Ancient and Modern Divinatory Oracle (1821)12
Guak, or Unbounded Devotion: A Knightly Tale (18th century)15
The Tale of Vanka Kain (1815)23
The New Sterne (1805)31
"Traditional Songs" (Late 18th century)41
Pt. IICommerce Asserts Its Mediating Presence, 1825-1860
Ermak Timofeich (1845)49
Filatka and Miroshka the Rivals (1833)57
Ivan Vyzhigin (1829)65
The Little Humpbacked Horse (1834)74
The History of Russia Told for Children (1838)77
The Battle of the Russians with the Kabardinians (1842)83
Etiquette Manuals (1849-1911)93
Street Types, Illustrations by M. Pikki and K. Richau (1860)105
God Save the Tsar (1833)107
Dark Eyes (1843)108
The Great Moscow Fire (1850)109
Elegy (Khas-Bulat) (1858)111
Pt. IIIGreat Reforms and the Expansion of Civic Space, 1861-1881
Balagan Advertisements, Malafeev Theater (1883)119
The Slums of Petersburg (1864)121
How the Russian Gave It Hot to a German (1869)129
Oh Those Yaroslavites, What a Fine Folk! (1868)135
The Slums of the Female Heart (1870)141
Correspondence from the Russo-Turkish War (1876-77)149
War Stories from the Present-Day War with the Turks (1879)154
Where Is It Better? (1873)156
A Flask of Hooch (1882)166
Gypsy Romances173
Pt. IVPolitical Stagnation vs. Rapid Industrialization, 1882-1905
Scenes from a Third-Class Car (recorded circa 1910)183
Sarah Bernhardt (1891)186
The Queen of Diamonds (1908-1910)198
Anecdotes (1840-1917)203
Moscow Court Reporting, The Moscow Sheet (Early 1880s)212
The Terrible Wedding Night (1883)217
The Terrible Bandit Churkin (1885)221
Where the Oranges Ripen (1892)230
Messrs. Businessmen (1890s)239
The Diary of Maria Bashkirtseva (1889)244
Ivanov Pavel (1901)250
Song of The Stormy Petrel (1901)259
Light-Fingered Sonya (1903)261
Revolutionary Songs (Late 19th Century)269
Pt. VThe Eruption of Commercial Culture in the Interrevolutionary Years, 1906-1917
Vaudeville Skits (1905-1910)278
Why Was I Born into This World? Tobolsk Prison Song (1908)285
The Poor Fellow Died (circa 1910)286
Marusia Poisoned Herself (1915)290
Russian Sob Sister (1910)292
How the Lasses Burned a Lad in the Stove (1911)295
The Wrath of God (1909)299
The Little Siberian Girl (Sibirochka) (1910)306
The African Princess (Vampuka) (1907)316
Gladiators of Our Times (1909)323
Sanin (1908)329
The Keys to Happiness (1913)333
The Vanquished (1912)337
Do You Remember? (1915)339
The Wrath of Dionysus (1910)341
The Countess-Actress (1916)349
The Bloody Talisman (1915)362
The Headlands of Manchuria (1906-1908)377
The Heroic Feat of the Don Cossack Kuzma Firsovich Kriuchkov (1914)379
Jackals (1916)383
Rasputin's Nighttime Orgies (1917)385
Glossary391
Selected Bibliography393

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