Cart
  • Free Shipping on all orders in Australia
  • Over 7 million books in stock
  • Proud to be B-Corp
  • We aim to be carbon neutral by 2022
  • Over 120,000 Trustpilot reviews
Item 1 of 0
Reading Russian Fortunes By Faith Wigzell (University of London)

Reading Russian Fortunes by Faith Wigzell (University of London)

Condition - New
$90.19
Only 2 left

Summary

This is the first full-length study of the huge cultural impact of fortune-telling in Russia from the eighteenth century to the present. It discusses the links between urban fortune-telling and traditional oral culture the particular role of women, and discusses why fortune-telling is still a powerful force in Russian.

Reading Russian Fortunes Summary

Reading Russian Fortunes: Print Culture, Gender and Divination in Russia from 1765 by Faith Wigzell (University of London)

Reading Russian Fortunes examines the huge popularity and cultural impact of fortune-telling among urban and literate Russians from the eighteenth century to the present. Based partly on a study of the numerous editions of little fortune-telling books, especially those devoted to dream interpretation, it documents and analyses the social history of fortune-telling in terms of class and gender, at the same time considering the function of both amateur and professional fortune-telling in a literate modernizing society. Chapters are devoted to professional fortune-tellers and their clients, and to the publishers of the books. An analysis of the relationship between urban fortune-telling and traditional oral culture, where divination played a very significant role, leads on to a discussion of the underlying reasons for the persistence of fortune-telling in modern Russian society.

Reading Russian Fortunes Reviews

'... this is a book of broad scholarship, albeit very readable and with a good deal of humour, which should be read not only by Russian specialists, but by anyone interested in the wider study of European culture. It is an original book on a largely unexplored topic, well researched and well written, which has much to offer social and cultural historians, literary historians, and perhaps even anthropologists.' Journal of European Studies
'... the book has many merits, as well as a high level of scholarship. ... Most importantly, this monograph provides a useful compendium and discussion of information on a neglected subject which broadens our understanding of pre-revolutionary Russian culture.' Modern Language Review

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Dreambooks and other fortune-telling guides; 2. Divination in Russian traditional culture; 3. Readers and detractors; 4. Printers and publishers; 5. Women, men and domestic fortune-telling; 6. Fortune-tellers and their clientele; 7. Sages and prophets; 8. Disappearance and revival; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Additional information

NLS9780521024792
9780521024792
052102479X
Reading Russian Fortunes: Print Culture, Gender and Divination in Russia from 1765 by Faith Wigzell (University of London)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2006-03-16
268
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a new book - be the first to read this copy. With untouched pages and a perfect binding, your brand new copy is ready to be opened for the first time

Customer Reviews - Reading Russian Fortunes