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Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian Culture and History (Hardback)

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ISBN 10: 0822943883 / ISBN 13: 9780822943884
Edité par University of Pittsburgh Press, United States, 2010
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Other Animals examines the interaction of animals and humans in Russian literature, art, and life from the eighteenth century until the present. The chapters explore the unique nature of the Russian experience in a range of human-animal relationships through tales of cruelty, interspecies communion and compassion, and efforts to either overcome or establish the human-animal divide. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780822943884

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Titre : Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian ...

Éditeur : University of Pittsburgh Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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The lives of animals in Russia are intrinsically linked to cultural, political and psychological transformations of the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras. Other Animals  examines the interaction of animals and humans in Russian literature, art, and life from the eighteenth century until the present. The chapters explore the unique nature of the Russian experience in a range of human-animal relationships through tales of cruelty, interspecies communion and compassion, and efforts to either overcome or establish the human-animal divide.

Four themes run through the volume: the prevalence of animals in utopian visions; the ways in which Russians have incorporated and sometimes challenged Western sensibilities and practices, such as the humane treatment of animals and the inclusion of animals in urban domestic life; the quest to identify and at times exploit the physiological basis of human and animal behavior and the ideological implications of these practices; and the breakdown of traditional human-animal hierarchies and categories during times of revolutionary upheaval, social transformation, or disintegration.

From failed Soviet attempts to transplant the seminomadic Sami and their reindeer herds onto collective farms, to performance artist Oleg Kulik's scandalous portrayal of Pavlov's dogs as a parody of the Soviet new man,” to novelist Tatyana Tolstaya's post-cataclysmic future world of hybrid animal species and their disaffection from the past, Other Animals presents a completely new perspective on Russian and Soviet history. It also offers a fascinating look into the Russian psyche as seen through human interactions with animals.

About the Author:

Jane Costlow is professor of Russian language and literature at Bates College in Maine and is coeditor of Sexuality and the Body in Russian Culture.

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