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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Companions to Culture

Nicholas Rzhevsky, Dean S. Worth, Michael S. Flier, Dmitry S. Likhachev, Mark Bassin, Timothy Westphalen, Abbott Gleason, Catriona Kelly, David M. Bethea, John E. Bowlt, Harlow Robinson, Laurence Senelick, Nikita Lary
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  • Date Published: April 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521175586

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  • Russia's size, the diversity of its peoples and its unique geographical position straddling East and West have created a culture that is both inward and outward looking. Its history reflects the tension between very different approaches to what culture can and should be, and this tension shapes the vibrancy of its arts today. The highly successful first edition of Rzhevsky's Companion has been updated to include post-Soviet trends and new developments in the twenty-first century. It brings together leading authorities writing on Russian cultural identity, its Western and Asian connections, popular culture and the unique Russian contributions to the arts. Each of the eleven chapters has been revised or entirely rewritten to take account of current cultural conditions and the further reading brought up to date. The book reveals, for students, academic researchers and all those interested in Russia, the dilemmas, strengths and complexities of the Russian cultural experience.

    • Offers an overall introduction to Russian culture with special focus on the arts
    • Reflects the state of current scholarship in a wide range of fields
    • Fully updated and revised new edition, including up-to-date further reading
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521175586
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to Russian culture Nicholas Rzhevsky
    Part I. Cultural Identity:
    1. Language Dean S. Worth and Michael S. Flier
    2. Religion Dmitry S. Likhachev and Nicholas Rzhevsky
    3. Asia Mark Bassin
    4. Boundaries: the West Timothy Westphalen
    5. Ideological structures Abbott Gleason
    6. Popular culture Catriona Kelly
    Part II. Literature and the Arts:
    7. Literature David M. Bethea
    8. Art John E. Bowlt
    9. Music Harlow Robinson
    10. Theatre Laurence Senelick
    11. Film Nikita Lary
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    Nicholas Rzhevsky, State University of New York, Stony Brook
    Nicholas Rzhevsky is Professor and Chairman of the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.


    Nicholas Rzhevsky, Dean S. Worth, Michael S. Flier, Dmitry S. Likhachev, Mark Bassin, Timothy Westphalen, Abbott Gleason, Catriona Kelly, David M. Bethea, John E. Bowlt, Harlow Robinson, Laurence Senelick, Nikita Lary

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