This book is a description of the verbal morphology of the Macedonian literary language. However, unlike analyses which have preceded, it is concerned not only with presentation of the facts, but also with justification of the claims it makes relating to the structure of the assignment of meaning to form, the structure of the conjugational unit, and the grammatical function of alternations. It is therefore offered not only as a contribution to the study of Macedonian and Slavic verbal morphology, but also to three areas of concern in theoretical morphology which have begun to attract the attention of linguists: justification (i.e., descriptive/explanatory adequacy) in morphological description, the relevance of historical information in the justification of synchronic analysis, and the nature of paradigmatic organization and its role in the potential of form to represent grammatical meaning.
Allan K. Wildman’s wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and lively personality influenced all who knew him. His interests ranged across workers, intellectuals, soldiers, and peasants, and across broad time periods. His students have built upon that to offer this collection of stimulating essays. The volume begins with a biographical sketch by two former colleagues and continues with eight essays by Wildman’s former students. They range from the military reforms of the mid-19th century to Polish revolutionaries in the early 20th century, from peasants in Viatka coping with revolutionary upheaval to ethnic and cultural tensions in Western Ukraine after annexation following World War II. They explore pre-revolutionary May Day symbolism, Komsomol youth in the building of the Moscow subway, and efforts to develop new Soviet attitudes toward hygiene and toward the roles of motherhood and fatherhood. Readers will find that in keeping with Wildman’s own works, these articles open new insights into Imperial Russian and Soviet history.
This book is Volume 4 of the Allan K. Wildman Group Historical Series
UCLA Slavic Studies no. 8 This interdisciplinary and bilingual collection of critical essays and materials brings together Kuzmin scholars from three countries (the United States, Russia, and Israel) to provide a multi-‐‑ faceted portrait of Mikhail Kuzmin (1872–1936), a key but underestimated figure of Russian modernism whose artistic output reflects the rich variety of a latter-‐‑day Renaissance man. The articles have been grouped under rubrics that identify Kuzmin’s various achievements in poetry, drama, prose, and music; with two additional sections dedicated to his intergeneric poetics and his reflections on literature and the fine arts of his era. Other activities—writing sensational diaries (whose fragments he used to read at private gatherings and published), participating in theatrical performances (as composer, librettist, and even actor), reviewing literary and theatrical events, and last but not least, producing translations, some of which became textbook examples of the art—are discussed in the essays. The present volume also aims at a new interpretation of Kuzmin’s oeuvre. At this point, with the majority of Kuzmin’s works published, his autobiographical writings (including diaries and correspondence) available, and an updated biography (by Nikolay Bogomolov and John E. Malmstad) in print, the time is ripe for moving from a biography-‐‑centered approach to a concep-‐‑ tual one.
From the Introduction: This volume honors the extraordinary life, path-breaking career, and pioneering scholarship of a truly modest woman—Professor Marina Viktorovna Ledkovsky, Barnard College emerita. Born into the old noble families of the Nabokovs, the Falz-Feins, the von Korffs, and the Fasolts, Marina Viktorovna grew up in Berlin, where, during World War II, she went to university, was arrested and released, got married, and had her first two children. In New York, where she emigrated after the war, she raised four children, taught French, resumed her education at Columbia University, and eventually joined the Russian Department at Barnard College, becoming one of the first woman professors at Columbia. Towards the end of her career, Marina Viktorovna completed her largest scholarly project: the indispensable Dictionary of Russian Women Writers (1994). [E]ssays [in this volume] … focus on women as the most important aspect in the following diverse areas of Marina Viktorovna’s research: nineteenth-century Russian literature, autobiography, Russian culture in emigration, and contemporary feminism in Russia. [D]ebates about the boundaries of Russian literature have shaped Russian literary history since the nineteenth century, but have again acquired force and urgency with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since the Dictionary’s publication in 1994, there has been renewed, sustained inquiry into Russian women writers and women in Russian culture. Yet this volume demonstrates that notions of women and gender in Russian literature, culture, religion, history, and politics have long been central not only to constructions of Russian national identity, but also to the fundamentally transnational nature of Russian culture since the eighteenth century. In fifteen essays that are nearly evenly divided between eighteenth- and nineteenth-century subjects on the one hand, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century subjects on the other, contributors cover some of the main areas of gender studies, encompassing transnational studies, cultural studies, the recovery of forgotten women, and the male canon. This book is recommended for library collections at four-year colleges and research universities.
The murdered princes Boris and Gleb enjoy a privileged status in the pantheon of Russian saints. Their vitae are ranked among the masterpieces of medieval Kievan literature. Nonetheless, fundamental questions remain about the circumstances of their life and death, the propagation of their legend and the nature of their veneration. Traditionally, the history of the cult and the texts have been the subject of separate scholarly studies. Lenhoff takes a comprehensive socio-cultural approach, arguing that the literary sources are the products of a particular Sitz im Leben which reflects the saints' cult as well as broader cultural systems that ordered the life of the community. The introductory chapter develops a protogeneric model for the etiology and typology of writings which were not conceptualized as belletristic. Chapter Two reconstructs the roots of Boris' and Gleb's initial cult and the history of their canonization. Individual chapters are devoted to the liturgical texts, the vitae, and the chronicle reports, analyzing their generation and their function for a particular audience. On the basis of miracle accounts and services to the saints, Lenhoff concludes that Boris and Gleb were initially the subject of popular, syncretic veneration and only later came to be identified as imperial patrons. She traces the heterogeneous forms and viewpoints of the anonymous Skazanie, the chtenie and the chronicle reports to specific socio-cultural contexts. The monograph is part of a long-term project to reassess the nature of Old Russian writing in terms of the cultural systems of medieval Rus'. "Lenhoff hat, gestuezt auf ihre theoretischen Vorgaben, eine in sich abgeschlossene und widerspruchfreie Argumentation vorgelegt. Moegen aus dem angekuendigten Projekt weitere aehnlich gruendliche Arbeiten hervorgehen!" (Jahrbuecher fuer Geschichte Osteuropas) "...excellent and provocative study ... Lenhoff's book is well written and conceived. The thorough treatment of the subject ... should serve as an example for future studies." (SEEJ)
From the Brown University Slavic Reprint Series: "Mechta i mysl'... has remained in the front rank of Turgenev studies. Gershenzon's work is a luminous and intuitive examination of the relationship between Turgenev's art and his personality, and of the pervading theme that unites Turgenev's work to that of other nineteenth-century Russian writers."At Amigo Wins, we understand that everyone has a dream and we want to help you make it come true. We offer a wide range of online casino games in the UK, so you can make your dreams a reality.
Medieval Slavic Texts, Volume 1 is a collection of medieval texts, reprinted for students of Slavic philology, and representing a wide range of genres, language variants, and orthographic systems. As the title implies, the original intention was to continue the series with later texts, but this never actually happened. Nevertheless, this collection provides a selection of useful texts in accessible form. It should be noted that in the original print work, most pages were presented in portrait orientation, but some were landscape, and in this .pdf version we have rotated these pages to make them suitable for on-‐‑screen reading. Our sincere thanks to Charles E. Gribble, co-‐‑founder and long-‐‑time owner of Slavica, for granting permission for this reprint. The publisher welcomes comments on this and other forthcoming out-‐‑of-‐‑print titles to be restored in this series.
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Historians of the Russian revolution have paid little attention to the part played by the Mensheviks in the democracy that governed Russia from February 1917 to Lenin's coup d'etat in October. The only previous monograph on the Mensheviks in 1917 is a polemic published in Moscow which actually focuses on Lenin, and there is no description of the Menshevik party organization in 1917 in any language. Other published material on the Mensheviks in 1917 is almost as scanty. Basil's monograph is based upon extensive use of both primary and secondary sources, and it illuminates an interesting, but inadequately-studied, aspect of 1917. "...balanced and cogent narrative..." (ISS)
Durst-Andersen develops a new conceptual framework for the clarification of the relations between verbal, sentential, and utterance meaning and aspectuality. The book takes up some of the hardest problems of Russian aspect usage, e.g., the usage of aspect in the infinitive, the imperative, and in connection with negation, and demonstrates that they are fully explanable and describable in terms of this new framework without resorting to ad hoc solutions. Durst-Andersen's approach is characterized by respect for both "internal" and "external" evidence, especially from language typology and language acquisition. The book consists of thirteen chapters divided into five parts. Part One, "Background," is devoted to an examination of previous attempts in general and in Russian linguistics to classify verbs on semantic grounds as well as to an examination and critique of previous theories of Russian aspect. Part Two, "The Deep Semantics of Verbs," contains the author's own solution to the meaning shared by the perfective and imperfective forms of verbs and presents the evidence for linking purely aspectual pairs to action verbs (involving two ground-propositions paired with two gound-situations) and so-called Aktionsart verbs to non-action verbs, i.e., state and activity verbs (involving a single ground-proposition paired with a single ground-situation). In Part Three, "The Structure of Mind," Durst-Andersen sets up a mental model of events and standard statement model of processes and derives a perfective statement model and an imperfective standard statement model from the two cognitive models. Part Four, "Inside the Russian Language," shows how the proposed grammar is put into practice and how it functions in utterances and yields statements which may be true or false, well-formed or ill-formed, and non-contradictory or contradictory corresponding to three different kinds of grammaticality and ungrammaticality. Part Five, "External Evidence," consists of the semiotic, pragmatic, and syntactic pieces of external evidence of the proposed theory. The author demonstrates that any imperative form used as a direct speech act consists of three speech acts corresponding to its preconditions, its dictum, and its postconditions, and in the final chapter he develops the basic systems of active, ergative, and accusative languages on the basis of his classification of verbs into state, activity, and action verbs. The book includes an extensive bibliography and a subject index.
"This intriguing book is to be highly recommended to all students of aspect." (SEER)
"Das hier vorgestellte Buch ist ein neuer und anregender Beitrag..." (Kritikon Litterarum)
This book—the first part of an entire volume about military affairs in Russia’s Great War and Revolution—is based on the premise that the military history of World War I in the Russian theater and the subsequent Civil War cannot be sufficiently understood by focusing exclusively on descriptions of war plans, strategy, and operations and that precisely because war is a human activity it is crucial to establish the place of humans in this military story. Moreover, this book interprets the notion of the military “front” very broadly, extending far beyond the lines of trenches and even beyond the army-controlled front zones. It was in all the vastly different circumstances where soldiers lived, fought, and died; it was where medical staffs worked around the clock to administer aid to the wounded; it was even in the POW camps. The common theme here is the military character of the experiences. Importantly, while Russia’s Great War did share many of the characteristics of the campaigns in Western Europe, it was also characterized by a host of important factors that were significantly different from the war experiences in Western Europe. Aside from the greater mobility and fluidity of the front, these other factors included time and space, nationality, religion, gender, the vast numbers of casualties, status, and politics. And that means that while this book seeks to add to the growing literature about Russia’s Great War and to a much lesser extent the Civil War by examining these types of theme through the prism of “human experiences,” it does not aim simply to mimic the existing studies of war experiences on the Western Front.
Steinberg, John W. et al., Introduction
Alexandre Sumpf, The Russian Perception of “No Man’s Land” during the First World War
Liisi Esse, Estonian Soldiers in World War I: A Distinctive Experience of a Small Nation in the Russian Army
Oleg Budnitskii, Jews in the Russian Army during the First World War
Franziska Davies, Muslim Soldiers from the Volga-Ural Region in the Russian Army, 1914–February 1917
Laurie S. Stoff, Russia’s Women Soldiers of the Great War
Denis A. Bazhanov, Disciplining Baltic Fleet Sailors (1914–February 1917)
Evgenii O. Naumov, Adaptation to Extreme Conditions: The Everyday Life of 1st Army Soldiers on the Red Army’s Eastern Front, 1918
Karen Petrone, “I Have Become a Stranger to Myself”: The Wartime Memoirs of Lev Naumovich Voitolovskii
Paul Robinson, Coping with Command: Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich at the Front
Aleksandr B. Astashov, Russian Military Censorship during the First World War: The Experience of Control over Mood
Laurie S. Stoff, Russia’s Sisters of Mercy of World War I: The Wartime Nursing Experience
Dietrich Beyrau, Sermons, Rituals, and Miracles: The Russian Orthodox Clergy in WWI and Piety in the Trenches
Anthony J. Heywood, The Militarization of Civilians in Tsarist Russia’s First World War: Railway Staff in the Army Front Zones
Aleksandr B. Astashov, The “Other War” on the Eastern Front during the First World War: Fraternization and Making Peace with the Enemy
Paul Simmons, Desertion in the Russian Army, 1914–17
Alexandre Sumpf, An Amputated Experience of War: Russian Disabled Soldiers in the Great War, 1914–18
Oksana Nagornaia, Russian Prisoners of War in the First World War: The Camp Experience and Attempted Integration into Revolutionary Society (1914–22)
Julia Walleczek-Fritz, The Habsburg Empire’s Russian Prisoners of War and Their Experiences as Forced Laborers on the Austro-Hungarian Southwestern Front, 1915–18
Matthias Egger and Christian Steppan, Captured and Forgotten? A Comparison of Russian and Austro-Hungarian Welfare Provision for Prisoners of War, 1914–18
Boris I. Kolonitskii, Understanding the Kerenskii Offensive: Russian Revolutionary Military Propaganda and the Soldiers’ Motivation to Fight, April–June 1917
Alexandre Sumpf, “Velikaia Boinia”: Death and Burials in the Front Zone, 1914–18
William G. Rosenberg, Conclusion: Assessing the Frontline Experience and Its Implications
This book--one of two covering the Russian Civil War in a volume on military affairs during Russia’s Great War and Revolution--explores the military history of the Russian Civil War. Drawing heavily on research from Russian historians but including an international slate of authors, it traces the fighting on the Civil War’s eastern, southern, northern, and northwestern fronts, examining both the Bolshevik Reds and their White opponents. In addition, thematic chapters explore the role of aviation and naval forces in the Russian Civil War. Employing a host of new Russian archival sources, the authors bring fresh insights on the war’s campaigns and operations to an English-speaking audience. They show how the Reds and the Whites alike struggled to assemble forces and fight effectively across Russia’s immense spaces amid the economic and political chaos that followed the Russian Revolution. The deep analysis of the epic armed struggles that determined the fate of the revolution expands our picture of this continent-spanning conflict.
David R. Stone, Introduction
Ruslan G. Gagkuev, The White Campaign on the Southern Front, 1918
Leontii V. Lannik, Germany and the White Movement in the South, 1918
Vladislav I. Goldin, The Northern Front
Andrei V. Ganin, The Advance and Defeat of Kolchak
Ruslan G. Gagkuev, The White Campaign on the Southern Front, 1919
Vasilii Zh. Tsvetkov, The White Northwestern Front, 1918–19
Geoffrey Hosking, Last Battles: Vladivostok and the Far Eastern Republic, 1920–22
Anthony Kröner, Vrangel´’s Last Stand
Nikita A. Kuznetsov, Naval Forces in the Russian Civil War
Marat A. Khairulin, Aviation in the Russian Civil War: Three Case Studies
This book--one of two covering the Russian Civil War in a volume on military affairs during Russia’s Great War and Revolution--explores institutions, social groups, and social conflict amid the chaos of the war that followed the Russian Revolution. Drawing on an international cohort of authors and wide range of newly available sources, the book provides insights into the experience of civil war for those living in the ruins of the Russian Empire. In addition to studies of intelligence and the officer corps of the Red and White armies, it also traces the complicated history of Russia’s Cossacks through the war. Explorations of the role of ideology and propaganda along with the problem of desertion from the fighting armies give insight into the motivations of the war’s soldiers. A series of chapters on peasant insurgency and the anarchic conflicts in Ukraine provide a clearer understanding of often-neglected aspects of the Civil War.
Andrei V. Ganin, The Russian Officer Corps in the Civil War: The Reds and the National Armies
Ruslan G. Gagkuev, Russian Officers of the White Movement
Andrei V. Ganin, Russian Cossacks in the Civil War
Stephen Brown, Ideology, Agitation, and Propaganda: The Red and White Armies during the Civil War
Evgenii O. Naumov, The Struggle Against Desertion on the Red Army’s Eastern Front, 1918
Andrei V. Ganin, Intelligence and Counterintelligence during the Russian Civil War, 1917–22
Erik C. Landis, Situating Peasant War, 1918–21
Alexander V. Prusin, Otamanshchyna: Insurgency Warfare in Ukraine, 1918–22
Christopher Gilley, Warlordism in Ukraine: The Otamany during the Russian Civil War
Mykhailo A. Koval´chuk, Ukrainian National Armies in the Russian Civil War, 1917–20
Andrei V. Ganin, Conclusion: Red Victory
Geoffrey Swain, Afterword
Monastic Traditions represents the "Selected Proceedings" of the Fourth International Hilandar Conference, held 14Ð15 August 1998, on the campus of The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, as part of the worldwide commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece. Of the 21 papers and abstracts represented in this volume, 13 are directly related to Hilandar Monastery and its spiritual and cultural legacy. These papers address various aspects of Hilandar Monastery, including: icons in Hilandar (S. Djurić), engravings and etchings (S. Mileusnić); edicts (P. Milich); folk poetry (K. Vidaković Petrov), and poetry (M. Joković). The vast majority of the Hilandar-related presentations are, however, related to manuscripts: taksidioti and manuscripts of Hilandar (A. Dzhurova and V. Velinova); linguistic aspects (J. Grković-Major); Hilandar Menaia (E. Guergova); "newly-discovered Hilandar manuscripts" (I. V. Pozdeeva and A. A. Turilov); Porphyry Uspensky and his manuscript-related activity in Hilandar (F. J. Thomson); Gregory of Nyssa as reflected in Hilandar codices (F. J. Thomson); and Paterika in Hilandar and other Athonite Slavic monasteries (W. Veder). The remaining eight presentations address monasticism, monastic traditions, Slavic manuscripts, new trends in manuscript preservation and description: Novgorod Occupation Archive (P. Ambrosiani); use of computers and new opportunities for manuscript description (R. M. Clemison); the pre-Hilandar Serbian "library" (A. Corin); Athos in Muscovite monastic life (D. M. Goldfrank); orthographic rules in medieval Cyrillic manuscripts (C. M. MacRobert); database and preservation of Slavonic manuscripts in Macedonia (G. Mitrevski); 16th-century Muscovite church studies (D. Ostrowski); and the Greek workbook of Timofei Veniaminov (R. Romanchuk). 1998 was also the 20th anniversary of the Hilandar Research Library, a special collection of the OSU Libraries that originated with and houses microfilms of the Slavic manuscripts of Hilandar Monastery, as well as microforms of over two million pages of Cyrillic manuscripts from over 100 other collections. Per Ambrosiani:The Novgorod Occupation Archive in Stockholm; R. M. Cleminson: Codices, Catalogues, and Computers; Andrew R. Corin: Early Textual Transmission from Bulgaria to Northern Dalmatia: A Source for Reconstructing the Pre-Hilandar Serbian "Library"; Srdjan Djurić: Hilandar Icons from the 12th to the 17th Centuries: Tales and Themes; Aksiniia Dzhurova: The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literary Tradition of Hilandar Monastery Reflected in Newly Discovered Manuscripts of Its Samokov Dependency, "Protective Veil of the Theotokos" Convent in Samokov; Aksiniia Dzhurova and Vasia Velinova: A Description of the Slavic Manuscripts of the "Protective Veil of the Theotokos" Convent in Samokov - Part II; David M. Goldfrank: The Role and Image of Athos in Muscovite Monastic Life of the Late 15th and Early 16th Centuries; Jasmina Grković-Major: Compounds in Varlaam and Ioasaph: Hilandar Slavic Manuscript No. 422; Emilia Guergova: Old Slavic Menaia: Structure and Content; Miroljub Joković: The "Hilandar" Metaphor in Contemporary Serbian Poetry; C. M. MacRobert: On the Nature of Orthographiccal Rules in Medieval Cyrillic Manuscripts; Slobodan Mileusnić: Eighteenth-Century Engravings of Hilandar Monastery; Petar Milich: Hilandar Slavic Edict No. 139/141: Getting Beyond the DŽjć Connu; George Mitrevski: Computerized Database of Slavonic Manuscripts in Macedonia; Donald Ostrowski: Current State of Sixteenth-Century Muscovite Church Studies; Krinka Vidaković Petrov: Hilandar and the Holy Mount in the Oral Poetic Tradition; Irina V. Pozdeeva and A. A. Turilov: New Discoveries and Identifications of Manuscripts of the Hilandar Scriptorium; Robert Romanchuk: Once Again on the Greek Workbook of Timofei Veniaminov, Fifteenth-Century Novgorod Monk; Francis J. Thompson: The Works by or Ascribed to Gregory of Nyssa in the Hilandar Monastery Slavic Manuscript Collection together with a Few Remarks on the Slav Reception of Christianity; William R. Veder: The Slavic Paterika on Mount Athos: Features of Text Transmission in Church Slavic
This book is not about “things you always wanted to know about Polish but were afraid to ask,” but rather about “things about Polish you never imagined could be so interesting until Professor Rothstein began to talk about them.”
- Oscar E. Swan
The present volume is a continuation to Rothstein’s first collection, Two Words to the Wise. This edited collection of seventy-five of his columns deals with topics ranging from pierogi to pączki, from butterflies to ladybugs (and why the ladybug rejected a marriage proposal from a beetle), from the origins of the polka to the role of pineapples in Polish literature, from why death is portrayed as a woman in Polish folklore and poetry to why Polish folk wisdom claims that there are more doctors than anything else in the world. You don’t have to be Polish – or even know Polish – to enjoy the essays collected here.
Since July 2004 the author has been writing about Polish language, literature, and folklore for the Boston-based biweekly Biały Orzeł/White Eagle. Inspired by the calendar, by items in the Polish press, by his experience learning and teaching the Polish language, by new acquisitions for his home library, by questions from readers, and by serendipity, he has explored, among other things, the origins of words and expressions, the grammatical peculiarities of the language, and the reflections of everyday (and not so everyday) life in Polish proverbs and folksongs and in the works of great Polish writers.
Robert A. Rothstein is professor of Slavic and Judaic Studies and of Comparative Literature, and adjunct professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also holds the Amesbury Professorship in Polish Language, Literature, and Culture and regularly teaches the Polish language. After studying mathematics and linguistics at MIT, he earned the Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard. He has published widely in the areas of Slavic linguistics, folklore, cultural history, and music. His contributions to Polish studies include the chapter on the Polish language for the Routledge handbook The Slavonic Languages and articles on the publicistic works of the great Polish linguist Jan Baudouin de Courtenay, on aspects of Polish syntax, on issues of sex and gender in the Polish language, as well as studies of mutual cultural and linguistic influences between Polish and Yiddish, and articles making use of Polish folkloric material. In 2013 he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic by President Bronisław Komorowski in recognition of his work of more than four decades in supporting and promoting Polish culture.
Since the seventeenth century was a critical period for the development of modern Russian, this study focusses on a relatively unified group of texts from one period and subjects them to a detailed and careful analysis. Constant comparisons to the situation in modern Russian are made. The six chapters are: Introduction; Non-prefixal pairs; Prefixal pairs; Parallel prefixation; Prefixal-suffixal pairs, and Biaspectual verbs. A thorough index of each verb form cited makes it easier to use this book as a source of information in future work. "This is a useful book which, with its comprehensive index of verb-forms, will have to be taken into account in all the work which remains to be done in the area in the future." (ISS) "Dr. Mayo's book forms a welcome addition to the literature on the development of Russian aspect. It is an equally valuable contribution to the study of the Russian literary language of the early seventeenth century." (SEER) "...edin cenen spravochnik za izsledovatelite na glagolnata morfologiia v istoriiata na ruskiia ezik." (SE)
Morphosyntax in Slavic was the first of three major collections of articles on Slavic morphosyntax which helped define the research agendas of Slavic linguists during the period when syntactic theory was becoming more highly constrained and therefore more complex than it had been during the first two decades of Chomskyan theory. Even today they are splendid examples of linguistic argumentation and valid generalizations. Richard D. Brecht served as co-editor of all three collections, while both Leonard H. Babby and Alan Timberlake had articles in all three books, so together these scholars constitute a connecting thread running through the three volumes (the second and third of which are Issues in Russian Morphosyntax and Case in Slavic.)
Slavica would like to express its sincere thanks to Catherine Chvany and Richard Brecht for graciously granting permission for this reprint.
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This study provides a psychological investigation into the mother-son relationship in Russian folk and literary tradition. Beginning with the byliny, it examines the origins of the strong woman figure whose power over her sons results in their regressive behavior and inability to sever the oedipal ties with her. Hence the tales of Dobrynia and the Dragon, Vasilii Buslaev, and Sadkocan be seen not only as epic narratives but as symbolic explorations of the complex dialectic between mother and son. The complex relations between mother and son continue down into nineteenth century Russian literary tradition in the works of Pushkin and Dostoyevsky. While Pushkin's "Queen of Spades" continues the tradition of the strong woman figure whose oedipal influence over her son causes his ultimate demise, Dostoyevsky bequeathes a new image to the mother who, in The Adolescent, ultimately conquers through passivity and through the force of love. The image of the mother is thus seen as evolving from the aggressive phallic mother to one who represents the source of salvation for her sons. "...she provides stimulating interpretations of the individual works she treats. ... Barker's monograph is well written and thought-provoking." (SEEJ)
“Some texts, after I’ve written them, have woken me up in the night so that I break out in a sweat and jump out of bed.” With this confession Bohumil Hrabal concludes Murder Ballads and Other Legends, a genre-bending collection of stories published at the height of the legendary author’s fame in the 1960s. Decades after escaping the Nazis as a child, a woman returns to Bohemia behind the wheel of a Ford Galaxie to retrieve her estate. A Prague tailor’s assistant sent halfway around the world delivers an extravagant report on the shops of New York. A village beauty rejects one suitor after another before meeting an unlucky end. Hrabal mines urban folk tales to deliver an array of blackly comical first-person yarns, airing comments from reader letters and wrestling with his newfound notoriety along the way. At the book’s heart is “The Legend of Cain,” an early version of the novella (and Oscar-winning film) Closely Watched Trains. Beautifully illustrated with woodcuts from early modern broadside ballads, Murder Ballads and Other Legends appears here in English for the first time, fifty years after it first appeared in Czech.Bohumil Hrabal (1914–1997) is regarded as one of the leading Czech prose stylists of the twentieth century. The son of a brewery’s bookkeeper, he earned a law degree before working as a train dispatcher, insurance agent, traveling salesman, steelworker, and theater stagehand. In the 1940s he joined the group Skupina 42 and began writing Surrealist poetry and short fiction. He achieved national success in 1963 with the short story collection Pearls of the Deep. Banned from official publishing in 1970, Hrabal gained an underground following in the 1970s and 1980s through samizdat and exile presses. His work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and in 1995 Publisher’s Weekly named him “the most revered living Czech writer.” He died in February 1997 after falling from his hospital window while feeding the pigeons. Timothy West received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University.
My Petersburg/Myself is a study of the peculiar identification between Petersburg writers and urban space at the end of the imperial Petersburg tradition in Russian letters, a phenomenon unique in its complexity and intensity. Be it a private room, an imperial square or street, or an architectural monument, Petersburg writers from the beginning of the twentieth century and beyond expressed their biographical and creative selfhoods as intimately and dynamically bound up with the spaces of their often beleauguered city. This book presents a virtual typology of imaginative structures (of spatial poetics). Writers including Merezkovskij, Blok, Annenskij, Axmatova, Mandel'shtam, Nabokov, and Brodskij present the individual's existential/biographical experience in spatial, visual terms, each thereby constructing "my Petersburg." At the same time, the unique inner world of each poet humanizes the space, opening the way for a dialogic interaction between self and city. The authors argue that such identification of self with space is based in the mode of the elegy; the Petersburg elegy in its twentieth-century variety, however, has unexpected similarities to the idyll. Using generic theory as well as Bachelardian and Bakhtinian concepts of literary space-time, the authors demonstrate how the dark, destructive Petersburg of nineteenth-century tradition becomes russified and beloved in the twentieth century.
Review in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, volume 41, issue 4, 2007: 485-486