Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial Russia: The Pleasure and the Power

Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial Russia: The Pleasure and the Power

by Richard Stites
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300137575

ISBN-13: 9780300137576

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press


Serf-era and provincial Russia heralded the spectacular turn in cultural history that began in the 1860s. Examining the role of arts and artists in society’s value system, Richard Stites explores this shift in a groundbreaking history of visual and performing arts in the last decades of serfdom. Provincial town and manor house engaged the culture of Moscow

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Serf-era and provincial Russia heralded the spectacular turn in cultural history that began in the 1860s. Examining the role of arts and artists in society’s value system, Richard Stites explores this shift in a groundbreaking history of visual and performing arts in the last decades of serfdom. Provincial town and manor house engaged the culture of Moscow and St. Petersburg while thousands of serfs and ex-serfs created or performed. Mikhail Glinka raised Russian music to new levels and Anton Rubinstein struggled to found a conservatory. Long before the itinerants, painters explored town and country in genre scenes of everyday life. Serf actors on loan from their masters brought naturalistic acting from provincial theaters to the imperial stages. Stites’s richly detailed book offers new perspectives on the origins of Russia’s nineteenth-century artistic prowess.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300137576
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: What's in a Title?1
Part ICultural and Social Terrains
1Town and Country13
Two Dots on a Map14
The Seigniorial Abode25
Slaves of Art30
Provincial Space40
Part IIMusic of the Spheres
2The Domestic Muse53
The Russian Ear54
Keys to Intimacy57
Orpheus in the Salon63
Serf as Musician71
Out of the Forest: Glinka84
3In Search of a Concert Hall88
Philharmonia and Capella90
Evenings with the Orchestra98
Listening Around the Empire105
The Vanquishing Virtuoso111
Out of the Pale: Rubinstein121
Part IIIEmpire of Performance
4Inside the Capital Stages129
Imperial Playhouses132
Front Office135
Backstage Stories141
Audience as Cast152
A Crooked Mirror?162
Theater in the Round167
5An Unfolding Drama173
Actors at Work174
The Terror and the Pathos181
Theater of War189
Innocence and Evil in Faraway Places199
The Human Comedy203
6Playing the Provinces221
Manorial Stagecraft222
Serf as Actor238
The Theatrical Circuit243
Lives on the Road257
Theater-Land270
Part IVPictures at an Exhibition
7Academic Vistas283
House on the Embankment284
Classes in Art288
Of Gods and Heroes296
The Art of Elevation303
Seeing Art, Talking Art315
8Exploring the Interior320
Counter-Academy?321
Serf as Artist332
Peasants on Canvas343
A Provincial Gallery358
Petersburg: Cityscape, City Folk366
Photo Finish372
Part VFinale and Overture
9When Did the Real Day Dawn?383
Narratives of Awakening384
Nationhood in Counterpoint389
The Volga Generation398
Mutiny on the Embankment413
Arrivals, Departures421
List of Abbreviations427
Notes431
Bibliography501
Index549

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