Reading Russian Fortunes: Print Culture, Gender and Divination in Russia from 1765

Reading Russian Fortunes: Print Culture, Gender and Divination in Russia from 1765

by Faith Wigzell, Wigzell Faith
     
 

Reading Russian fortunes examines the huge popularity and cultural impact of fortune-telling among urban and literate Russians from the eighteenth century to the present. Based partly on study of the numerous editions of little fortune-telling books, especially those devoted to dream interpretation, it documents and analyses the social history of fortune-telling in… See more details below

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Reading Russian fortunes examines the huge popularity and cultural impact of fortune-telling among urban and literate Russians from the eighteenth century to the present. Based partly on study of the numerous editions of little fortune-telling books, especially those devoted to dream interpretation, it documents and analyses the social history of fortune-telling in terms of class and gender, at the same time considering the function of both amateur and professional fortune-telling in a literate modernizing society.

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"Fortune-telling and divination have a prominent place in the popular imagination nearly everywhere in the world, and Faith Wigzell has produced a captivating and sophisticated study of this subject in Russia." Slavic Review

"...Wigzell provides us with an extensively researched and easily readable work that illuminates an important area in the lives of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Russians." Russian Review

"...there is a great deal of intersting information in this book and we can hope that Wigzell will expand her explorations in this level of culture." Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024792
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

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