Russian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy

Russian Literature and Empire: Conquest of the Caucasus from Pushkin to Tolstoy

by Susan Layton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521444438

ISBN-13: 9780521444439

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first synthesizing study of Russian writing about the Caucasus during the nineteenth-century age of empire-building. It covers major writers including Pushkin, Tolstoy and Lermontov, but also introduces material from travelogues, oriental studies, ethnography, memoirs, and the utterances of tsarist officials and military commanders. Setting these

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This is the first synthesizing study of Russian writing about the Caucasus during the nineteenth-century age of empire-building. It covers major writers including Pushkin, Tolstoy and Lermontov, but also introduces material from travelogues, oriental studies, ethnography, memoirs, and the utterances of tsarist officials and military commanders. Setting these writings and the responses of the Russian readership in historical and cultural context, Susan Layton examines ways that literature underwrote imperialism. But her study also reveals the tensions between the Russian state's ideology of a European mission to civilize the Caucasian Muslim mountaineers, and romantic perceptions of those peoples as noble primitives whose extermination was no cause for celebration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521444439
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Map; 1. Introduction; 2. The poet and terra incognita; 3. Imaginative geography; 4. Sentimental pilgrims; 5. The national stake in Asia; 6. The Pushkinian mountaineer; 7. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky's interchange with the tribesman; 8. Early Lermontov and oriental machismo; 9. Little orientalizers; 10. Feminizing the Caucasus; 11. Georgia as an oriental woman; 12. The anguished poet in uniform; 13. Tolstoy's revolt against romanticism; 14. Post-war appropriation of romanticism; 15. Tolstoy's confessional indictment; 16. Concluding observations; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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