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

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

ISBN-10:
0521581230
ISBN-13:
9780521581233
Pub. Date:
05/28/1998
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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

This is the first full-length study of the huge popularity and cultural impact of fortune telling in Russia from the eighteenth century to the present. It examines the ways in which popular fortune telling books found acceptance among urban and literate Russians, the role of women in fortune telling, and the function of fortune telling in their culture. It goes on to consider the relationship between urban fortune telling and traditional oral culture, and discusses why fortune telling continues as a powerful force in modern Russian society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521581233
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature Series
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Dreambooks and other fortune-telling guides; 2. Divination in Russian traditional culture; 3. Readers and detractors; 4. Printers and publishers; 5. Women, men and domestic fortune-telling; 6. Fortune-tellers and their clientele; 7. Sages and prophets; 8. Disappearance and revival; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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