A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin'in, 1811-1813

A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin'in, 1811-1813

by Pavel Svin'in
     
 

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Pavel Petrovich Svin'in (1787/88-1839) was a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent two years as part of the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, Svin'in published a travel narrative of his experiences.

A Russian Paints America presents the first complete English translation of Svin'in's fascinating memoir.

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Pavel Petrovich Svin'in (1787/88-1839) was a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent two years as part of the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, Svin'in published a travel narrative of his experiences.

A Russian Paints America presents the first complete English translation of Svin'in's fascinating memoir. Thirty-one original watercolours complement his provocative views on topics such as slavery, religion, politics, and the fine arts. Introductory essays by Marina Swoboda and William Whisenhunt examine Russian-American relations, consider Svin'in's life and particular role in Russian history, and set his work in the context of the genre of picturesque travel - Svin'in clearly did not set out to produce a scholarly account of the United States but a work of literature, at a time when Russian literary language was in its earliest stages of development.

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of official Russian-American relations, A Russian Paints America is a distinctive work of interdisciplinary and transnational scholarship that provides a compelling picture of the political and cultural environment in Russia and America in the early nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773575066
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author


Marina Swoboda, co-editor of Old Testament Apocrypha in the Slavonic Tradition, is the author of numerous articles in the field of early Russian literature and cultural history.

William Benton Whisenhunt, professor of history, College of DuPage, is the

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