A Russian paints America : the travels of Pavel P. Svinʹin, 1811-1813

edited and introduced by Marina Swoboda & William Benton Whisenhunt ; with an introduction by Christopher Ely ; translated by Marina Swoboda

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. 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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  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on the Translation Introduction / Christopher Ely
  • The Beginnings of Russian-American Diplomatic Relations / William Benton Whisenhunt
  • A Biography of Pavel Petrovich Svinin, 17871839 / William Benton Whisenhunt
  • Travel in North America and the Genre of the Picturesque Journey / Marina Swoboda
  • A Picturesque Voyage through North America / Pavel P. Svinin Translated by Marina Swoboda Appendix: Observations of a Russian in America: A Look at the Free Visual Arts in the United States of America Pavel P. Svinin Translated by Marina Swoboda Additional Watercolours of North America by Pavel P. Svinin Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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書名 A Russian paints America : the travels of Pavel P. Svinʹin, 1811-1813
著作者等 Swoboda, Marina
Whisenhunt, William Benton
Svin'In Pavel Petrovich
出版元 McGill-Queen's University Press
刊行年月 c2008
ページ数 x, 220 p., [8] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780773534148
NCID BB29151144
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言語 英語
原文言語 ロシア語
出版国 カナダ