Refining Russia: Advice Literature, Polite Culture, and Gender from Catherine to Yeltsin

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Refining Russia is a pioneering study of the development of advice literature ("how-to" books such as etiquette manuals and brochures on hygiene) in Russia, and of its reception and wider cultural meaning. An absorbing and original exercise in "history of the book," it is also a major contribution to the understanding of Russia's relationship with the West, and of the cultural world inhabited by the Russian intelligentsia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198159872
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Catriona Kelly is Reader in Russian, New College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note an Transliterations and Conventions
Introduction: How to Read this Book
1 Educating Tat'yana, Schooling Evgeny: Propaganda for Manners and Moral Education, 1760-1830 1
2 The Beauties of Byt: Household Manuals, Social Status, and National Identity, 1830-1880 85
3 Self-Help and Spending Power: Advice Literature in Late Imperial Russia 156
4 'The Personal Does Not Exist': Advising the Early Soviet Mass Reader, 1917-1953 230
5 Negotiating Consumerism: The Dilemmas of Behaviour Literature, 1953-2000 321
Afterword 394
Appendices 399
Select Bibliography of Advice Literature 406
Index of Names and Places 429
Index of Subjects 434
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