9780810118973-0810118971-When Russia Learned to Read : Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917

When Russia Learned to Read : Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917

ISBN-13: 9780810118973
ISBN-10: 0810118971
Edition: 1
Author: Brooks, Jeffrey
Publication date: 2003
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Paperback 488 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780810118973
ISBN-10: 0810118971
Edition: 1
Author: Brooks, Jeffrey
Publication date: 2003
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Paperback 488 pages

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Acknowledged authors Brooks, Jeffrey wrote When Russia Learned to Read : Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917 comprising 488 pages back in 2003. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0810118971 and 9780810118973. Since then When Russia Learned to Read : Literacy and Popular Literature, 1861-1917 textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Late Imperial Russia's revolution in literacy touched nearly every aspect of daily life and culture, from social mobility and national identity to the sensibilities and projects of the country's greatest writers. Within a few decades, a ragtag assembly of semi-educated authors, publishers, and distributors supplanted an oral tradition of songs and folktales with a language of popular imagination suitable for millions of new readers of common origins eager for entertainment and information. When Russia Learned to Read tells the story of this profound transformation of culture, custom, and belief.

With a new introduction that underscores its relevance to a post-Soviet Russia, When Russia Learned to Read addresses the question of Russia's common heritage with the liberal democratic market societies of Western Europe and the United States. This prize-winning book also exposes the unsuspected complexities of a mass culture little known and less understood in the West. Jeffrey Brooks brings out the characteristically Russian aspect of the nation's popular writing as he ranges through chapbooks, detective stories, newspaper serials, and women's fiction, tracing the emergence of secular, rational, and cosmopolitan values along with newly minted notions of individual initiative and talent. He shows how crude popular tales and serials of the era find their echoes in the literary themes of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and other great Russian writers, as well as in the current renaissance of Russian detective stories and thrillers.

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