Writing a Usable Past: Russian Literary Culture, 1917-1937

Author:   Angela Brintlinger
Publisher:   Northwestern University Press
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9780810117686


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   31 May 2000
Format:   Hardback
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Writing a Usable Past: Russian Literary Culture, 1917-1937


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In Writing a Usable Past, Brintlinger considers the interactions of post-Revolutionary Russian and emigre culture with the genre of biography in its various permutations, arguing that in the years after the Revolution, Russian writers looked to the great literary figures of the past to help them construct a post-Revolutionary present. In detailed looks at the biographical writing of Yuri Tynianov, Vladislav Khodasevich, and Mikhail Bulgakov, Brintlinger follows each author's successful biography/ies and their failed attempts at biographies of Alexander Pushkin on the centennial anniversary of his death. Brintlinger compares the Pushkin biographies to the other biographies examined, and in a concluding chapter she considers other, more successful commemorations of the great poet's death. She argues that popular commemorations--exhibits, concerts, special issues of journals--were a more fitting biography than the genre of the usable past. For post-revolutionary cultural actors, including Tynianov, Khodasevich, and Bulgakov, Pushkin was a symbol rather than a model for constructing that usable past.

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Author:   Angela Brintlinger
Publisher:   Northwestern University Press
Imprint:   Northwestern University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.503kg
ISBN:  

9780810117686


ISBN 10:   0810117681
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   31 May 2000
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Angela Brintlinger is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Ohio State University. She is the translator of Derzhavin by Vladislav Khodasevich and the coeditor of Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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