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Russia's Dangerous Texts: Politics Between the Lines

Kathleen F. Parthé


This book examines the ways that writers and their works unnerved and irritated Russia's authoritarian rulers both before and after the Revolution. The author identifies ten historically powerful beliefs about literature and politics in Russia, which include a view of the artistic text as national territory and the belief that writers must avoid all contact with the state. She offers an analysis of the power of Russian literature to shape national identity despite sustained efforts to silence authors deemed subversive. No amount of repression could prevent the production, distribution, and dis ... More

Keywords: writers, Revolution, Russian literature, politics in Russia, artistic text, national territory, state, national identity, repression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300098518
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen F. Parthé, author