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How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself


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ContentsList of IllustrationsPreface and AcknowledgmentsA Note on Transliteration and TranslationsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction Ways of Knowing: Russian Local Studies as an Identity Discipline1. The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Tradition2. The Art Journals of the Silver Age, St. Petersburg Preservationism, and the Guidebook3. Old Petersburg After the Revolution4. The Excursion Movement and Excursion Methodology5. Excursion Primers and Literary Tours6. Kraevedenie in St. Petersburg7. Literary KraevedenieConclusionNotesSelected BibliographyIndex

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Emily Johnson is Assistant Professor of Russian Language, Literature, and Culture at the University of Oklahoma.


"Johnson's book provides a fascinating view of the cultural movements that developed in the early part of the twentieth century in St. Petersburg. As such, it is an important contribution to the growing number of recent works on the city."-Steven Maddox, Canadian Journal of History

"Emily Johnson's book is cogently written and very well researched; it deserves a wide readership not only in Russian studies but in comparative European studies as well. Her broad intellectual curiosity, focused through the lens of St. Petersburg's cultural history, is both impressive and exemplary. This interdisciplinary study will have a wide resonance among those interested in local history, literary and cultural studies, and the history of nontraditional education."-James T. Andrews, Journal of Modern History

"Johnson's scholarship is meticulous, and, in emphasizing the literary foundations of kraevedenie, her monograph will appeal to scholars of Russian literature and culture, as well as those interested in the complex and tortuous evolution of Russian civil society."-Michael F. Hamm, The Russian Review

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