A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin'in, 1811-1813 (Hardcover)

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A Russian Paints America presents the first complete English translation of Svin''in''s fascinating memoir. Thirty-one original watercolours complement his provocative views on topics such as slavery, religion, politics, and the fine arts. Introductory essays by Marina Swoboda and William Whisenhunt examine Russian-American relations, consider Svin''in''s life and particular role in Russian history, and set his work in the context of the genre of picturesque travel - Svin''in clearly did not set out to produce a scholarly account of the United States but a work of literature, at a time when Russian literary language was in its earliest stages of development.
Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of official Russian-American relations, A Russian Paints America is a distinctive work of interdisciplinary and transnational scholarship that provides a compelling picture of the political and cultural environment in Russia and America in the early nineteenth century.

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Publisher McGill-Queen's University Press
Mfg Part# 9780773534148
SKU 208165835
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0773534148
Release Date 10/1/2008
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 0.75T
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Editors Note Pavel Petrovich Svin'in (1787/88-1839) was a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent two years as part of the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, Svin'in published a travel narrative of his experiences.|A Russian Paints America presents the first complete English translation of Svin'in's fascinating memoir. Thirty-one original watercolours complement his provocative views on topics such as slavery, religion, politics, and the fine arts. Introductory essays by Marina Swoboda and William Whisenhunt examine Russian-American relations, consider Svin'in's life and particular role in Russian history, and set his work in the context of the genre of picturesque travel - Svin'in clearly did not set out to produce a scholarly account of the United States but a work of literature, at a time when Russian literary language was in its earliest stages of development.|A Russian Paints America provides a compelling picture of the political and cultural environment in Russia and America in the early nineteenth century.
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