October 14, 2011
- A new blog, so far about Russian literature, via Trewisms.
- N. A. Bogomolov on Lidiia Zinov’eva-Annibal, Aleksandr Kuprin and the “not so simple interactions between the camps of the ‘realists’ and the symbolists in 1905-1906.” (H/t Grigori Utgof, who links to the part about the uselessness of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index for Slavic studies.)
- It’s almost Lomonosov’s 300th birthday, which means lots of student compositions about him.
- 1940s Russian family policy, current calls for polygamy in Siberia, and the shortage of “marriageable” men for high-status American women today (h/t Matt Yglesias).
- A 2009 Guardian article on lobbying for polygamy in Siberia (featuring research by Caroline Humphrey).
- The Russian press seems to discuss polygamy in the Caucasus or Utah more than Siberia, but I did find this anti-polygamy piece, which ends softening xenophobia with literary references: “Thank Allah, here in Siberia we left the era of slave ownership long ago, and we have no desire to ‘tame willful slave-girls’ in industrial quantities. We are not Scythians, not Asiatics” (alluding to Blok’s “Scythians,” 1918).