The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture
Russia is a dominant force in the world, whose culture has been shaped by its unique position on the margins of both East and West. As Russia faces new cultural challenges from outside its national boundaries, this volume introduces Russian culture in all its rich diversity, including the historical conditions that helped shape it and the arts that express its highest achievements. Newly commissioned essays by leading scholars explore language, religion, geography, ideological structures, folk ethos and popular culture, literature, music, theatre, art, and film. A chronology and guides to further reading are also provided. The Companion offers both historical orientation for the central processes of Russian culture and introductory surveys of the arts in their modern context. Overall, the volume reveals, for students, academic researchers and all those interested in Russia, the dilemmas, strengths, and complexities of the Russian cultural experience.
- Online resource | 354 pages
- 28 May 2006
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 14 b/w illus.
Table of contents
Chronology; 1. Introduction: Russian cultural history Nicholas Rzhevsky; Part I. Cultural Identity: 2. Origins (a) language Dean Worth (b) religion - Russian orthodoxy Dmitry S. Likhachev; 3. Boundaries (a) Asia Mark Bassin (b) the West Pierre Hart; 4. Ideological structures Abbott Gleason; 5. Popular culture Catriona Kelly; Part II. Literature and the Arts: 6. Literature David Bethea; 7. Art John Bowlt; 8. Music Harlow Robinson; 9. Theatre Laurence Senelick; 10. Film Nikita Lary; Guides to further reading.
"The Companion is a useful tool... It provides neat introductions to the familiar faces and movements in Russian artistic history..." Susan Costanzo, H-Net Reviews "...these wide-ranging and stimulating essays synthesize modern scholarship, provide useful material for the specialist, and serve as a helpful reference work for the reader already familiar with modern Russian culture." Robert C. Williams, Slavic Review "[The book] will be utterly useful and enjoyable for students and individuals with advanced knowledge of Russia as well as for Slavic scholars." Victoria Richter, Slavic and East European Journal