May 8, 2014
- Languagehat has moved on to the 1840s, the “Natural School,” and the collection The Physiology of Petersburg (Физиология Петербурга, TOC part 1, part 2, 1845). This is the time when ерунда ‘nonsense’ was a new word, picked up by the 20-year-old Druzhinin as a novelty and given a footnote by Nekrasov in “Petersburg Corners” (Петербургские углы, 1845), which is also chapter 5 in his unfinished novel The Life and Adventures of Tikhon Trostnikov (Жизнь и похождения Тихона Тростникова, 1843-48). Another post around корнеслов ‘etymologist, work of etymology’ touches on Belinskii, Dal’, and E. P. Grebenka / Y. P. Hrebinka (1812-1848) by way of Mandel’shtam.
- Amateur Reader has moved on from Chernyshevskii to Dostoevskii’s Notes from Underground (Записки из подполья, 1864). I’m not sure readers at the time read What Is to Be Done? and Notes from Underground together – I thought Notes from Underground made less of a splash then than you would think now, and the later Crime and Punishment (1866) and The Devils (1871-72) were Dostoevskii’s biggest contributions to the nihilist/anti-nihilist debate. But I’d be glad to be corrected, and it certainly makes sense to read them together today.
- Scott G. F. Bailey is keeping up with Tom and also posting on Notes from Underground and Chernyshevskii, with promises of Chekhov and Notes from Underground to come.
- Ivy Litvinov (née Low), who I believe is the only person ever to translate a full-length Pisemskii novel into English, is a surprisingly popular subject for blog posts. Here is a page about her by David Hyde with a link to an .epub of her novel The Questing Beast (1914). I got there via another post about Litvinov at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings. (See also this old post with links to Sarah J. Young on Litvinov and this one on Litvinov and other translators of Pisemskii.)
- I don’t think I’ve linked to the relatively new Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Blogroll, a page curated by ASEEES that aggregates blog posts and online articles. It’s much heavier on political science than literature, but it covers a decent range of social science and humanities topics. Lately, of course, there’s been a lot on events in Ukraine, from well-known sources and little-known but well-informed ones.