Marketing Literature and Posthumous Legacies

Marketing Literature and Posthumous Legacies : The Symbolic Capital of Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov

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Literature is not only about aesthetics, but also almost equally about the successful marketing of an author and his literary works. Ever since the two great Russian authors, Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov, created their own literary capital, cultural merchants have been preoccupied with the promotion of their respective posthumous legacies, maintaining the intricate network of personal interests that drive the preservation of literary reputations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 50 black & white halftones
  • 0739182609
  • 9780739182604
  • 2,223,116

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Frederick H. White and Yuri Leving have joined forces to produce a book devoted to analyzing the preservation and consecration of the literary legacies of Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov. Their goal is to demonstrate that the underlying economic factors of marketing literature and posthumous legacies are real. One of the book's salient features is to translate this in itself uncontroversial claim into the language of Pierre Bourdieu. This is a study of the production, protection, and transportation of symbolic capital across national and ideological boundaries. The Russian Review This is a stimulating and lively volume which calls attention to matters that scholars will want to explore in considering the works, the lives, and the legacies of other Russian writers as well. Slavic and East European Journal This well-researched book comprises two parts, or 'case studies' (10), on Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov...The adduction of these [cultural economic] theories endows the book with a high degree of analytical rigor and generates a plethora of valuable insights into Andreev's and Nabokov's reception in Russia and the west. Slavic Review This engaging, highly accessible study examines the role of marketing in shaping the legacies of Leonid Andreev and Vladimir Nabokov. The authors take an original approach to literary study by focusing on how these two writers and their friends, family, contemporaries, and rival writers publicized their works, reframing them for diverse audiences while profiting from them economically and professionally. Rather than marginalize these mercantile issues as unworthy of interest in relation to a writer's aesthetic value, Leving and White convincingly demonstrate that the establishment of what Pierre Bourdieu calls symbolic capital is essential to our appreciation and understanding of literature. -- Alexander Burry, The Ohio State University Applying concepts from Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture to the careers and posthumous legacies of Andreev and Nabokov, Frederick White and Yuri Leving show how the actual business of culture works: by bypassing aesthetics, the authors aim to show how literary reputations are made by authors, publishers, booksellers, literary executors, academics, and even readers seeking to maximize their 'capital,' either financial or symbolic. The careers of Nabokov and Andreev, two central names in the history of Russian literature of the 20th century, the publication history of their books, and the roles played by their literary executors make for a fascinating and highly enlightening story about an aspect of the culture business that is usually ignored by general readers and academics alike. Highly recommended for anyone interested in modern Russian literature as well as the economics of literature. -- Anthony Anemone, The New School
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About Yuri Leving

Yuri Leving is professor and chair of the Department of Russian Studies at Dalhousie University. Frederick H. White is the associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah Valley University.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction PART I: THE ANDREEVS Chapter 1: The Early Visual Marketing of Leonid Andreev Chapter 2: Marketing Strategies: Vadim Andreev in Dialogue with the Soviet Union Chapter 3: The Role of the Scholar in the Consecration of Leonid Andreev (1950s to present) Chapter 4: Creating Posthumous Legacies: The Power to Consecrate and to Blaspheme. Vadim Andreev's Memories of Childhood Chapter 5: Market Pressures: Vadim Andreev's Incomplete Memoiristic Journey PART II: THE NABOKOVS Chapter 6: Nabokov and the Publishing Business Chapter 7: Plaster, Marble, Canon: The Vindication of Nabokov in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 8: The Visual Marketing of Nabokov: Who is the Face of the Russian Lolita? Chapter 9: "Nabokov-7": Russian Postmodernism in Search of a National Identity Chapter 10: Interpreting Voids: Nabokov's Last Incomplete Novel, The Original of Laura Conclusion Bibliography About the Authors
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