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Literary Scholarship in Late Imperial Russia (1870s-1917): Rituals of Academic Institutionalism
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Literary Scholarship in Late Imperial Russia (1870s-1917): Rituals of Academic Institutionalism (Hardback)

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The turn of the twentieth century was a decisive moment in the institutionalisation of Russia's literary scholarship. This is the first book in the English language to provide an in-depth analysis of the emergence of Russia's literary academia in the pre-Revolutionary era. In particular, Byford examines the rhetoric of self-representation of major academic establishments devoted to literary study, the canonisation of exemplary literary historians and philologists (Buslaev, Grot, Veselovskii, Potebnia, Ovsianiko-Kulikovskii), and attempts by Russian literary academics of this era to define their work as a distinct form of scholarship (nauka). By analysing a range of academic rituals, from celebrations of institutional anniversaries to professors inaugural lectures, and by dissecting the discourse of scholars' obituaries, commemorative speeches and manuals in scholarly methodology, Byford reveals how the identity of literary studies as a discipline was constructed in Russia. He provides not only a unique insight into fin-de-siecle Russian literary scholarship, but also an original approach to academic institutionalisation more widely.

EducationEducation TheoryHigher & further education, tertiary educationEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theory Publisher: Maney Publishing Publication Date: 10/12/2007 ISBN-13: 9781904350910  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Andy Byford is a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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