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Thin Culture, High Art

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Anne Lounsbery is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Study in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University.

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In Russia and America, a perceived absence of literature gave rise to grandiose notions of literature's importance. This book examines how two traditions worked to refigure cultural lack, not by disputing it but by insisting on it, by representing the nation's (putative) cultural deficit as a moral and aesthetic advantage. Through a comparative study of Gogol and Hawthorne, this book examines parallels that seem particularly striking when we consider that these traditions had virtually no points of contact. Yet, the unexpected parallels between these authors are the result of historical similarities: Russians and Americans felt obliged to develop a manifestly national literature ex nihilo, and to do so in an age when an unprecedented diversity of printed texts were circulating among an ever more heterogeneous reading public. Responding to these conditions, Gogol and Hawthorne articulated ideas that would prove influential for their nations' literary development: that is, despite the culture's thinness and deviation from European norms, it would soon produce works that would surpass European literature in significance.

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Titre: Thin Culture, High Art
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Code EAN: 9780674023819
ISBN: 978-0-674-02381-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Harvard University Press
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 312
Poids: 626g
Taille: H239mm x B165mm x T29mm
Année: 2007
Auflage: New ed

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