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The Exotic Prisoner in Russian Romanticism

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Besides new themes of alienation and desires for self-fulfillment, European Romanticism brought to Russian literature the congenial themes of captivity and exotic worlds. Between 1820 and 1840 there developed an enormous literature with hosts of prisoners in exotic locales in the Caucasus. Loneliness and desire for freedom competed with elaborate descriptions of unknown peoples - Chechens, Georgians, Tatars and Circassians - to produce a literature of unparalleled brilliance, brought to a dazzling culmination by Lermontov's «Bela» in 1839. The exotic prisoner theme with its exotic trappings then disappears, leaving as its heritage the powerful themes of loneliness and introspection which other writers were subsequently to give their own unique treatment.


Titel: The Exotic Prisoner in Russian Romanticism
Autoren/Herausgeber: Paul M. Austin
Aus der Reihe: Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9780820433462

Seitenzahl: 214
Format: 23 x 16 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 490 g
Sprache: Englisch

The Author: After early education in China and England, Paul M. Austin received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. from Cornell University. At McGill University from 1968, he has been the Chair of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies since 1980. A frequent visitor to Russia, he is particularly interested in the Russian's relationships with other societies.

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