The Optina Pustyn Monastery in the Russian Literary Imagination - Stanton, Leonard J.
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Between 1821 and 1891, the Optina Pustyn Monastery of Konzel'sk, in Russia's Kaluga Government, was the site of an unprecedented - and as yet unequaled - period of religious and literary flowering. Optina Pustyn was a mecca for many of Russia's most prominent writers and thinkers. Distinguished visitors included Ivan Kireevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy. This study explains why Optina and its renowned "elders" held a special attraction to Russia's literary giants. It reveals how the elders' use of language was rooted in the "iconic vision" of Optina's…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Between 1821 and 1891, the Optina Pustyn Monastery of Konzel'sk, in Russia's Kaluga Government, was the site of an unprecedented - and as yet unequaled - period of religious and literary flowering. Optina Pustyn was a mecca for many of Russia's most prominent writers and thinkers. Distinguished visitors included Ivan Kireevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy. This study explains why Optina and its renowned "elders" held a special attraction to Russia's literary giants. It reveals how the elders' use of language was rooted in the "iconic vision" of Optina's fifteen-hundred-year-old tradition of contemplative monasticism. It is the first study to examine Optina's social gravity against the broad background of nineteenth-century institutions of Church and Intelligentsia.
  • Produktdetails
  • Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature .3
  • Verlag: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 61697
  • Neuausg.
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Dezember 1995
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 231mm x 155mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 610g
  • ISBN-13: 9780820416977
  • ISBN-10: 0820416975
  • Artikelnr.: 24517132
Autorenporträt
The Author: Leonard J. Stanton teaches Russian language, literature, and culture at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He earned his Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Kansas. Dr. Stanton's areas of interest include Russian religious philosophy, Dostoevsky and the theory of language and word. His research and writing of this book were supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana State University Council on Research.
Rezensionen
"In a time when obscurantism and bigotry threaten Russian religion, Stanton's work reminds us of a place where the greatest Russian intellectuals and religious thinkers used their minds together. His scholarship is deep in an area few scholars know at all." (Robert L. Belknap, Columbia University)