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Russia's Dangerous TextsPolitics Between the Lines$
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Kathleen F. Parthé

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098518

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098518.001.0001

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The End of Soviet Literature and the Last Dangerous Text …

The End of Soviet Literature and the Last Dangerous Text …

(p.160) Chapter 6 The End of Soviet Literature and the Last Dangerous Text …
Russia's Dangerous Texts

Kathleen Parthé

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the end of the so-called dangerous text in Russian literature. It evaluates the whether the ten beliefs about the literature–state relationship and the paradigm for the political reading of literary texts in Russia would hold up the closer scrutiny provided by the case studies in this book. The book analyzes the behavior of individual literary figures and suggests that keeping a distance from the state was not the only culturally sanctioned option for them. It also argues that the experiences of dangerous texts in the Soviet period are mostly hidden from the researcher because the primary experience of the text above or below ground comes down to one person reading silently.

Keywords:   dangerous texts, Russian literature, literature–state relationship, political reading, literary figures

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