Literary Ethnography and Nationalism in the Imperial Russia: A Case of the Naval Ministry 'Literary Expedition'

Posted: 29 Apr 2014

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Alexey Vdovin

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: April 28, 2014

Abstract

This paper explores the ideological sources of the Russian Naval Ministry “literary expedition” in a broad context of ethnographical knowledge, 1840-1860. The author explains which Russian and Western models of literary ethnography compelled Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich to commission Russian writers to describe various provincial regions and ethnic groups. The investigation demonstrates that this expedition was an indispensable part of a broad and influential paradigm of nationalizing knowledge which dominated the Russian science and the literary and discursive fields of the 1850s.

Keywords: literary ethnography, mid-19th century Russian literature, Russian nationalism, writers and power, history of Russian science

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Vdovin, Alexey, Literary Ethnography and Nationalism in the Imperial Russia: A Case of the Naval Ministry 'Literary Expedition' (April 28, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 47/HUM/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2430122

Alexey Vdovin (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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