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NYU Lecture: John Randolph, "The Cheaper, the Better: Obligation, Culture, and Russia’s 19th century"

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Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University
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Sep 15, 2021   11:00 am  
John Randolph (Director, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois)
Free and open to the public.
Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
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19v: A Working Group on 19th-Century Russian Culture Seminar Series

The Cheaper, the Better: Obligation, Culture, and Russia’s 19th century 

with John Randolph (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 
Discussant: Olga Maiorova (University of Michigan)

Join us for the first 19v seminar of the new academic year!

What defines Russia’s 19th century in the history of empire? And what relevance might this periodization have for analyses of cultural and literary production?  In this talk, building from my research into the history of communication in the Russian empire, 1500-1900, I will try to think through these questions.  Starting from early 19th century official anxieties about how Russia’s modern civilization came to be, I’ll explore ambitions across the century to shift the costs of maintaining that civilization onto markets.  I’ll then consider the relevance of that “economy of services” for attempts to produce a distinctly 19th century culture in Russia, on the example of the emergence of the classical mid-century art-song genre, the “coachman’s song” (iamshchitskaia pesn’ia).

Join our Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 991 0220 7490

To join the 19v list of collaborators, please add your name and information to this Google Doc

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