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An obsession with history : Russian writers confront the past, Andrew Baruch Wachtel

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An obsession with history : Russian writers confront the past
Title
An obsession with history
Title remainder
Russian writers confront the past
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Andrew Baruch Wachtel
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eng
Summary
Russians have frequently seemed transfixed by the idea of the singularity of their own history and by the relationship of that history to the history of the outside world. In particular, three notions stand out, related to each other to be sure, but by no means unproblematically so. First of all, there is the conviction of absolute difference; Russians insist, even in the face of evidence to the contrary - that their nation's past is unlike that of any other country. Second is the belief that Russia will somehow be able to overcome history, to jump out of time as it were, and thereby escape the strong allure of her history. And third is the frequent assertion that although all may not be well with her in the present, Russia's unusual past ensures that she will have a unique role to play in the future; she is the messiah among nations whose time will come after the apocalyptic crash of the present order. The author traces the role of Russian literature over two hundred years in creating and sustaining these three notions. He shows that, contrary to European practice, Russian writers of belles lettres in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries never abdicated the right to define the nation's past. Indeed, Russia's major writers - from Catherine the Great through Karamzin, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Khlebnikov, Tynianov, and Solzhenitsyn - have felt it incumbent upon them to produce works on historical themes. However, rather than assert the primacy of poetic experience, they all produced complementary texts on the same historical subject, one text claiming to be non-fictional and one text claiming to be "poetic." This approach allowed the writers to exploit the differences in tone, approach, and authority that by convention have separated imaginative literature and history. The result is a tradition of intergeneric dialogue, in which a chosen historical period is illuminated through multiple, competing narrative perspectives. The author describes the development of this tradition through an analysis of major works including Karamzin's History of the Russian State, Tolstoy's War and Peace, and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. His analysis of this tradition has a dual purpose: to provide a window on the peculiar Russian attitude toward history and to allow us to read some major works of Russian literature in a new light
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Wachtel, Andrew
Index
index present
LC call number
PG2975
LC item number
.W33 1994
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Russian literature
  • History in literature
  • History in literature
  • Literature
  • Russian literature
  • Letterkunde
  • Russisch
  • Geschiedenis
  • Histoire
  • Littérature russe
  • Literatur
  • Russlandbild
  • Geschichte
  • Geschichte (Motiv)
  • Russia
  • Russia
  • Russie
  • Russisch
Label
An obsession with history : Russian writers confront the past, Andrew Baruch Wachtel
Link
https://archive.org/details/obsessionwithhis00wach
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
A historical character in search of a genre : Vadim of Novgorod and the prehistory of intergeneric dialogue in Russia -- Karamzin's History of the Russian state and the codification of the principles of intergeneric dialogue -- Incarnations of intergeneric dialogue in the age of Pushkin -- War and peace : intergeneric dialogue in one text -- Utopian historiography : the Brothers Karamazov as historical allegory -- Futurist historians? -- Literacy history, criticism, and fiction : the case of Tynianov -- Back to the chronicles : Solzhenitsyn's The red wheel
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 276 pages
Isbn
9780804722469
Lccn
93014174
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28218894
  • (OCoLC)ocm28218894
Label
An obsession with history : Russian writers confront the past, Andrew Baruch Wachtel
Link
https://archive.org/details/obsessionwithhis00wach
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A historical character in search of a genre : Vadim of Novgorod and the prehistory of intergeneric dialogue in Russia -- Karamzin's History of the Russian state and the codification of the principles of intergeneric dialogue -- Incarnations of intergeneric dialogue in the age of Pushkin -- War and peace : intergeneric dialogue in one text -- Utopian historiography : the Brothers Karamazov as historical allegory -- Futurist historians? -- Literacy history, criticism, and fiction : the case of Tynianov -- Back to the chronicles : Solzhenitsyn's The red wheel
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 276 pages
Isbn
9780804722469
Lccn
93014174
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28218894
  • (OCoLC)ocm28218894

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