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Class 9 Notes

by: Madeline Lacman

Class 9 Notes Russ 280

Madeline Lacman

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These notes cover Poor Liza, Karamzin, and Sentimentalism
Intro to Russian Civilization
Prof. Kalb
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russ, russian, 280, russ 280, russian 280, poor, liza, poor liza, karamzin, sentimentalism, 18th century, Russian Literature, russian lit, class 9, kalb, usc, south carolina
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Madeline Lacman on Thursday February 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Russ 280 at University of South Carolina taught by Prof. Kalb in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 20 views. For similar materials see Intro to Russian Civilization in Russian at University of South Carolina.


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Date Created: 02/11/16
Russ 280 Class 9 18 thCentury Russian Literature  Turn away from Russia’s own literary models: no attention paid to Old Russian literature, to primary chronicles and saints’ lives Sentimentalism  1770s to 1800: move from Neo-classicism (Derzhavin) to Sentimentalism  Influence of Goethe and Rousseau  Emotions, the natural world Nikolai Karamzin (1766-1826)  Most influential Russian 18 century prose writer  1789-90 travels throughout Europe, writes Letters of a Russian Traveler o Becomes main way for people to learn about western Europe  1803: stops writing fiction: Czar Alexander I appoints him Imperial historiographer  Writes 11 volumes of huge History of the Russian State  “Poor Liza”  Most famous work th  Influenced any other writers including Dostoevsky, Turgenev, 19 century feminist writers  People went on pilgrimages to “Liza’s pond”  Erast is an aristocrat and Liza is a peasant  Can’t get married  ****”EVEN PEASANTS KNOW HOW TO FEEL”  Never occurred to anyone that peasants were people with real feelings  Nature in sync with emotions in emotionalism/sentimentalism  Nature cries at loss of Liza’s innocence


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