Literary Journals in Imperial Russia

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This is the first work to examine the extraordinary influence of literary journals in imperial Russia. Given the prohibition on political action or even political discussion in Russia, these journals served as the principal means by which Russia discovered, defined and shaped itself; and every major Russian novel of the nineteenth century was first published there in serial form. Essays by leading scholars analyse the social forces shaping literary journals, and the major ...
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Overview

This is the first work to examine the extraordinary influence of literary journals in imperial Russia. Given the prohibition on political action or even political discussion in Russia, these journals served as the principal means by which Russia discovered, defined and shaped itself; and every major Russian novel of the nineteenth century was first published there in serial form. Essays by leading scholars analyse the social forces shaping literary journals, and the major journals and journalists of the period.
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"...one of the most satisfying and enlightening books I have read in recent years....This is the only book-length history of prerevolutionary Russian journalism available in English. It establishes a high standard for further studies of the subject." The Russian Review

"This collection is one of the most satisfying and enlightening books I have read in recent years. Thoughtfully compiled by Deborah A. Martinsen, Literary Journals in Imperial Russia...specifically Russian vehicle for public debate...This is the only book-length history of prerevolutionary Russian journalism available in English. It establishese a high standard for further studies of the subject." The Russian Review

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The creation of journals and the profession of letters in the eighteenth century 11
3 Periodicals in literary life of the early nineteenth century 37
4 N. A. Polevoi's Moscow Telegraph and the journal wars of 1825-1834 64
5 Survey of Russian journals, 1840-1880 91
6 Belinsky the journalist and Russian literature 117
7 The Messenger of Europe 129
8 Dostoevsky's Diary of a Writer: journal of the 1870s 150
9 Rise and decline of the "literary" journal: 1880-1917 171
10 The literary content of The World of Art 197
11 Northern Herald: from traditional thick journal to forerunner of the avant-garde 207
12 Chekhov and the journals of his time 228
List of titles of journals and almanacs 246
Select bibliography 250
Index 258
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