Refining Russia: Advice Literature, Polite Culture, and by Catriona Kelly

By Catriona Kelly

Refining Russia is a pioneering learn of the improvement of recommendation literature (''how-to'' books similar to etiquette manuals and brochures on hygiene) in Russia, and of its reception and wider cultural which means. An soaking up and unique workout in ''history of the book,'' it's also an important contribution to the certainty of Russia's courting with the West, and of the cultural international inhabited through the Russian intelligentsia.

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By Catriona Kelly

Refining Russia is a pioneering learn of the improvement of recommendation literature (''how-to'' books similar to etiquette manuals and brochures on hygiene) in Russia, and of its reception and wider cultural which means. An soaking up and unique workout in ''history of the book,'' it's also an important contribution to the certainty of Russia's courting with the West, and of the cultural international inhabited through the Russian intelligentsia.

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L. ' Russia is part of Europe (Catherine II, The Grand Instructions, 1768) CHAPTER ONE Educating Tat 'yana, Schooling Evgeny: Propaganda for Manners and Moral Education, 1760±1830 Vsemu pri$inoj vospitanie. Moral education's at the root of everything. 2 The poem celebrates the life of Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov, courtier to Catherine II, diplomat, and immensely wealthy proprietor of (among other places) Arkhangel'skoe, not far from Moscow (the location at once suggests worldliness, and remoteness from the St Petersburg dependence upon royal favour).

47 Spectator 482 (12 Sept. 1712). Spectator 612 (27 Oct. 1712). 49 E. N. Akhmatova, `Dva slova o vezhlivosti i delikatnosti', Zolotaya zhatva (St Petersburg, 1867), i. 36. 50 On re®nement as an instrument of working-class politics, see S. A. Smith, `The Social Meanings of Swearing: Workers and Bad Language in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia', Past and Present 160 (1998), 183±6. 48 Introduction xxxvii Fig. 2. `The Strikers' Demands Ful®lled'. Cartoon by V. Lebedev (1916) satirizing working-class campaigns for courtesy in employers.

Warner, Monuments and Maidens: The Allegory of the Female Form (London, 1985/1996), 52, 209. Cf. S. de Beauvois, Le DeuxieÁme Sexe (Paris, 1949); Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (New York, 1963); the various contributions in N. Armstrong and L. ), The Ideology of Conduct: Essays on Literature and the History of Sexuality (New York, 1987); and D. Greene, `Mid-Nineteenth-Century Domestic Ideology in Russia', in R. ' 44 Cf. V. Glendinning's observations in her introduction to L. , London, 1986), p.

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