Entertaining Tsarist Russia

Entertaining Tsarist Russia

Tales, Songs, Plays, Movies, Jokes, Ads, and Images from Russian Urban Life, 1779–1917
Edited by James von Geldern and Louise McReynolds
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/1998
Format: Paperback 26 b&w photos, 43 figures, 1 bibliog.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21195-8
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This anthology introduces readers to Tsarist Russia’s emerging popular and commercial urban culture and the individuals and groups that produced and consumed it. The selections translated here illustrate in colorful detail how the experiences and the composition of Russian society and culture evolved from the late eighteenth century through the 1917 revolution, in response to economic, technological, and political changes. Fortunetelling and etiquette manuals, thieves’ tales, children’s literature, popular songs, war stories, women’s novels, satires of life in America, and vaudeville skits are just a few of the genres represented.

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“" . . . a wonderful resource . . . an extraordinary assortment of texts . . . " —Slavic and East European Journal "Anyone intrigued by Russian culture, past or present, will find [this book] a captivating read." —Pulse! " . . . a collection of rare, often ignored, and hard-to-find materials from the popular low and middle-brow period before the Revolution. . . . highly recommended . . . " —Choice These selections illustrate in colorful detail how the experiences and composition of Russian society and culture evolved in response to economic, technological, and political changes from the late 18th century through the 1917 revolution. Essayists offer a spirited glimpse into the tastes of ordinary Russians leading everyday lives. A companion audio CD features 30 popular songs and vaudeville skits, many of which are included in the book.”

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