Self and Story in Russian History

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Self and Story in Russian History

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Russians have often been characterized as people with souls rather than selves. Self and Story in Russian History challenges the portrayal of the Russian character as selfless, self-effacing, or self-torturing by exploring the texts through which Russians have defined themselves as private persons and shaped their relation to the cultural community. The stories of self under consideration here reflect the perspectives of men and women from the last two hundred years, ranging from westernized nobles to simple peasants, from such famous people as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Akhmatova, and Nicholas II to lowly religious sectarians. Fifteen distinguished historians and literary scholars situate the narratives of self in their historical context and show how, since the eighteenth century, Russians have used expressive genres―including diaries, novels, medical case studies, films, letters, and theater―to make political and moral statements. The first book to examine the narration of self as idea and ideal in Russia, this vital work contemplates the shifting historical manifestations of identity, the strategies of self-creation, and the diversity of narrative forms. Its authors establish that there is a history of the individual in Russian culture roughly analogous to the one associated with the West.

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"An excellent and fascinating collection."―Lynne Atwood, University of Manchester. American Historical Review, December 2001

"This volume is a fine and timely intervention in the changing field of Russian cultural history. The editors join their expertise in history, literature, and gender studies to pose a question that recent research on Russian and Soviet social and intellectual history has rendered unavoidable: what was the status of the self in pre- and postrevolutionary Russia, and, equally important, how was the sense of individual identity constructed and produced?"―GalinTihanov, Lancaster University. The Russian Review, Vol. 61, January 2002

"Self and Story is a thought-provoking and complex collection. The contributors. . . are of a uniformly high quality, generally lively and edifying and always painstakingly researched. . . Self and Story offers many rewards. It provides rich empirical justification for the study of the evolution of notions of self, individuality, subjectivity and personality in Russian culture and opens up an exciting new terrain for future research."―Peter Pozefsky, H-Russia, H-Net Reviews, April 2002

"The innovative thinking reflected in the essays owes debts to such sources as psychoanalysis, deconstructionist theory, and the ideas of Michel Foucault. . . While some of the essays will appeal mainly to specialists, others. . . will probably be of broader interest."―Choice, June 2001, Vol. 38, No. 10

"The collection balances out the emphasis on the significance of literary narrative in the formation of the Russian self with its discussions of the opportunities provided by the new media of the early twentieth century, and its studies of testimony, memoir, and private diaries. The volume is important, not only for the breadth of issues it treats, but for its interdisciplinary approach."―Harriet Murav, University of California Davis, Slavic Review, Vol. 61 No. 2, Summer 2002

"This collection is a valuable addition to the historiography of Imperial and Soviet Russian society. True to its title, Self and Story, the somewhat unorthodox theme allows the authors to explore familiar subjects in new and interesting ways."―Nicole L. Young, University of Toronto. Canadian Slavonic Papars, June-September 2001.

"Self and Story in Russian History is the first sustained scholarly exploration of how selves―and the self as idea and ideal―were narrated in the Russian past. This is an important and necessary book."―Mark D. Steinberg, University of Illinois

"In this fine book, historians, literary scholars, and art critics engage in an intense and thought-provoking dialogue that illuminates different facets of Russian private, social, and cultural life. The diverse topics and fields of study converge into an extremely rich and well-organized whole, exposing a new intellectual space―a fascinating mosaic of Russian society in the making."―Boris Gasparov, Columbia University

"Demonstrating the diverse ways in which individual Russians since the late 18th century have attempted to understand and define their personal identities, these pathbreaking essays effectively challenge collectivist representations of modern Russia's particularity. By also showing, however, how individual efforts at self-definition were shaped by historical and cultural contexts, the authors do much to illuminate the particular character of modernity and ways of understanding the self in Imperial and Soviet Russia. Self and Story in Russian History provides us with an important new perspective on modern Russia."―William Wagner, Williams College

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