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American Contributions to the 15th International Congress of Slavists, Minsk, August 2013

Charles Gribble

Publication Year: 2013

Published by: Slavica Publishers

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Cruel Wit: The Ethics of Humor in Vladimir Nabokov's Fiction

Julian W. Connolly

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pp. 1-12

There is a memorable scene in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Pnin when Pnin enters a sports shop in Waindell and tries to buy a “football” as a gift for Victor Wind, the son of his ex-wife, who is coming to Waindell for a visit. The narrator comments: “The request was unseasonable but he was offered one” (1989a: 99).1 The store clerk offers Pnin an ordinary American football, and...

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The Russian Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Attitudes toward Work through the Eyes of Russian Literature

Konstantin Kustanovich

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pp. 13-28

A quarter of a century after changes began in Russia, the country has failed to develop modern capitalism: corruption in the country runs rampant, business development is curtailed by bureaucracy, and the political system dominates both the judicial and economic segments of society. In addition to these aspects of the Russian economy that are obvious and widely discussed, I suggest...

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The Holy Spring of Iskitim, Siberia: The Intersection of Folk Religion, Orthodox Doctrine, and Communist Ideals

Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby

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pp. 29-44

The sacred spring in Iskitim, Siberia is located on the site of a former shtrafnoi lagpunkt (punishment labor camp) based in the town of Lozhok (now a region of the city of Iskitim).1 Iskitim is located in western Siberia, fifty kilometers from the largest city in this region, Novosibirsk. The Lozhok camp was in operation from 1929 to 1956 and consisted of a quarry where...

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Shared Orthographic Patterns in the Curzon and Vratsa Gospels

Cynthia M. Vakareliyska

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pp. 45-62

The western Bulgarian liturgical tetraevangelion called the Curzon Gospel (CG),1 datable to c. 1354, displays an unusual set of orthographic features which I have described elsewhere (Vakareliyska 2008, 2: ch. 4). While other single-jus, single-jer manuscripts can be found, and each of CG’s individual vowel letter alternations appears in other Bulgarian and Macedonian manuscripts...

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New Speakers of Belarusian: Metalinguistic Discourse, Social Identity, and Language Use

Curt Woolhiser

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pp. 63-115

Over the last two decades, a variety of sociolinguistic studies by both Belarusian and foreign researchers (Sjameška 1998; Smolicz and Radzik 2004; Brown 2005; Zaprudski 2007; Mečkovskaja 2011), as well as surveys by independent public opinion research agencies (Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies [IISEPS], Belarusian Institute of Strategic...

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E-ISBN-13: 9780893579135
E-ISBN-10: 0893579130
Print-ISBN-13: 9780893574130
Print-ISBN-10: 0893574139

Publication Year: 2013