What is a nightmare as a psychological experience, a literary experiment and a cultural project? Why has experiencing a nightmare under the guise of reading a novel, watching a film or playing a video game become a persistent requirement of contemporary mass culture? By answering these questions, which have not been addressed by literary criticism and cultural studies, we can interpret anew the texts of classic authors. Charles Maturin, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, Howard Philips Lovecraft and Victor Pelevin carry out bold experiments on their heroes and readers as they seek to investigate the nature of nightmare in their works. This book examines their prose to reveal the unstudied features of the nightmare as a mental state and traces the mosaic of coincidences leading from literary experiments to today’s culture of nightmare consumption.
Translated and edited by Alexei Lalo
This anthology of Russian erotic writings of 1900 to 1940 consists of texts previously unavailable in English. They all reflect the fascinating, albeit laborious, nature of the "birth of the body" in the Russian literature and culture of the period.
Boris Dralyuk, University of California, Los Angeles
This book examines the staggering popularity of early-twentieth-century Russian detective serials, traditionally maligned as “Pinkertonovshchina,” and posits the “red Pinkerton” as a vital “missing link” between pre- and post-Revolutionary popular literature.
The first biography of Nikolay Punin, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of his life in the context of Russian political, social and cultural history in the first half of the 20th century.
The monograph explores traditions of expressing the body and sexuality (designated as "silence" and "burlesque") throughout Russia's literary history, with a particular focus on how these traditions affect the literary modernization during the Silver Age (1890-1921) and subsequent émigré writing.
Kåre Johan Mjør
Reformulating Russia provides a thorough narratological and contextual analysis of Russian émigré historiography as it appears in Georgii Fedotov’s Saints of Ancient Russia, Georgii Florovskii’s The Ways of Russian Theology, Nikolai Berdiaev’s The Russian Idea and Vasilii Zenkovskii’s History of ...
Contributing, for instance, to the fields of nationality and borderland studies, this book offers a fascinating study of the process of “writing a worthy past” for the Russian Orthodox monastery of Valaam during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Based on life-historical research with five Muscovites, this book provides an intimate portrait of their experience of the post-Soviet years as a period of intense refashioning of moral personhood. This process is revealed as uniquely personal, socially shared, and globally influenced.
Cynthia Hyla Whittaker
This book elaborates the origins of the famed Russian style and celebrates the seminal role that Fedor Solntsev plays in its development, thus rescuing from near obscurity this pioneer in the arts of the nineteenth century and in the formation of the defining image of Imperial Russia.
Anna Lisa Crone
Eros and Creativity in Russian Religious Renewal explores a tradition of sublimation and the theories of creativity in works of the four greatest Russian religious thinkers: Solovyov, Rozanov, Berdyaev and Vysheslatsev. Crone's study adds what is missing to the few books that currently exist ...
The book explains Belarus’s adherence to Soviet social, political and economic institutions. Comparative historical analysis spans the period from the 16th century to the present. Discussion concentrates on development of Belarus’s national institutions in interaction with Russia and other ...
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