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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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2012 8:48 am

    I like your stated purpose very much. I think along these lines myself. Your list of 19th century journals is really impressive!

  2. July 6, 2012 1:01 am

    Thank you! I think wikisource.ru is the place to go for links to nineteenth-century journals now. With luck more titles from early in the century should be digitized soon.

  3. July 6, 2012 9:19 am

    Thanks for the wikisource tip. I have a nine volume set of the works of Vissarion Belinskii, who of course published an incredible number of pieces of literary criticism in ‘Sovremennik’ and ‘Otechestvennye Zapiski’, but his career spanned a mere fifteen years, I think. My dream has always been one of those enormous pre-revolutionary private libraries you could walk into after breakfast and have every volume of the journals you list here at your fingertips. Maybe digitizing will be even better, though. Sounds promising.

  4. September 7, 2012 5:14 pm

    Hey, would you be interested in a chronology of Russian prose literature I’ve been compiling (it’s a Word doc, by now around 45 pages)? If so, drop me a note at languagehat AT gmail and I’ll send you a copy.

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