Old “about this blog”
This blog originally focused on nineteenth-century Russian poetry, but has come to include prose as well (and in time, perhaps drama).
My purpose is first of all to keep an easily accessible record of interesting things I’ve read, for my own reference and in the hope that making my notes public will push me to read more thoughtfully and just more. If others read it and find it useful, or want to start discussions or offer correctives to my misunderstandings, so much the better.
Some of my posts are off-the-cuff impressions of literary works I’ve recently read or reread. With time I’ve been posting more often about critical works, usually new articles or old books. Such posts are not meant as evaluations or polemics. I mean for them to be something between an abstract and a review – an effort by someone else to explain what the author said, in a less formal setting than an academic journal. I will be very glad if these posts occasionally make people aware of other scholars’ work that they find interesting.
Please check out the journals page if you haven’t – if you like browsing through nineteenth-century thick jounals like Biblioteka dlia chteniia or Otechestvennye zapiski, you may find it a handy tool, a shortcut around the still imperfect Google Books search.