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Poverty of the Imagination: Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature about the Po
by David Herman
Northwestern University Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-0-8101-2130-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-1692-4
Library of Congress Classification PG3015.5.P58H47 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.70935206942

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The primal scene of all nineteenth-century western thought might involve an observer gazing at someone poor, most commonly on the streets of a great metropolis, and wondering what the spectacle meant in human, moral, political, and metaphysical terms. For Russia, most of whose people hovered near the poverty line throughout history, the scene is one of special significance, presenting a plethora of questions and possibilities for writers who wished to depict the spiritual and material reality of Russian life. How these writers responded, and what their portrayal of poverty reveals and articulates about core values of Russian culture, is the subject of this book, which offers a compelling look into the peculiar convergence in nineteenth-century Russian literature of ideas about the poor and about the processes of art.

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