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Russian Modernism

Russian Modernism
The Transfiguration of the Everyday

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: January 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521580090

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  • This book interprets the baffling complex of meanings attached by Russian culture to the concept of everyday life, or byt, and assesses its impact on Russian modernist narrative. Drawing on modern literary theory and theology, Stephen C. Hutchings argues that byt emerged from a dialogue between two aesthetic systems, one predominant in Western Catholic and Protestant cultures, the other reflected in Orthodox iconic traditions. He offers provocative, yet careful, readings of key narrative texts from the period.

    • First book to treat Russian Silver Age narrative as a unity and to place it in its literary cultural context
    • First book thoroughly to trace the philosophical and cultural origins of the unique Russian concept of the everyday, or byt
    • Makes innovative use of literary theory and theology to offer new readings of key texts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This first study devoted to the subject is welcome for its rich, informed theoretical discussion....A book for graduate students and researchers." Choice

    "Russian Modernism will be useful to anyone with an interest in either Silver Age prose fiction or the interaction between Russian religious thought and Russian culture." Steven Cassedy, Slavic Review

    "Stephen Hutching's densely written book rewards the diligent reader with a sophisticated, well-illustrated, and convincing analysis of the function of byt (routine life) in twentieth-century Russian literature. Hutching's work...provides fresh, insightful close readings of salient Silver Age texts...Even more important, however, Hutchings convincingly traces how the struggle in Russian literature between are and "real life" achieves its ultimate transposition through Silver Age merits careful attention by any serious scholar of twentieth-century Russian literature and cultural studies." The Russian Review, vol.59

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521580090
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Narrative and the everyday: myth, image, sign, icon, life
    2. The development of byt in nineteenth-century Russian literature
    Part II:
    3. Enacting the present: Chekhov, art and the everyday
    4. Fedor Sologub's aesthetics of narrative excess
    Part III:
    5. The struggle with byt in Belyi's Kotik Letaev and The Christened Chinaman
    6. Breaking the circle of the self: Vasilii Rozanov's discourse of pure intimacy
    7. At the 'I' of the storm: the iconic self in Remizov's Whirlwind Russia

  • Author

    Stephen C. Hutchings, University of Surrey

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