Amsterdam University Press
The French Language in Russia
Title
The French Language in Russia
Subtitle
A Social, Political, Cultural, and Literary History
Price
€ 45,00
ISBN
9789462982727
Binding
Hardback
Number of pages
702
Publication date
Dimensions
23.4 x 15.6 cm
Category
Linguistics

Reviews

"This is an exemplary study of the history of language, it deserves to be a model for future studies of other languages. The scholarship is impeccable, the range of reading is wide, the judgements inspire confidence." - Peter Burke, Emmanuel College Cambridge

"It is really original. Not only this subject, but many others of comparable significance, have hitherto been addressed only by historians with vague and general assumptions about language, or by (socio)linguists with little affinity for the historical context. It is also beautifully written and compellingly argued throughout. So far as I'm aware, this is simply the best thing of its kind available." - Robert Evans, Regius professor of History emeritus, University of Oxford

The French Language in Russia

A Social, Political, Cultural, and Literary History

-- With support from the Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau --

The French Language in Russia provides the fullest examination and discussion to date of the adoption of the French language by the elites of imperial Russia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is interdisciplinary, approaching its subject from the angles of various kinds of history and historical sociolinguistics. Beyond its bearing on some of the grand narratives of Russian thought and literature, this book may afford more general insight into the social, political, cultural, and literary implications and effects of bilingualism in a speech community over a long period. It should also enlarge understanding of francophonie as a pan-European phenomenon. On the broadest plane, it has significance in an age of unprecedented global connectivity, for it invites us to look beyond the experience of a single nation and the social groups and individuals within it in order to discover how languages and the cultures and narratives associated with them have been shared across national boundaries.

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Authors

Derek Offord

Emeritus Professor Derek Offord, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol. Specialist in Russian cultural and intellectual history and the author or editor of books on early Russian liberalism, Russian travel-writing, the history of Russian thought, and the modern Russian language.

Vladislav Rjéoutski

Dr Vladislav Rjéoutski is Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Moscow. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century Russian and French social and cultural history and the history of education, and author or editor of many works on these subjects.

Gesine Argent

Dr Gesine Argent is Centre Manager and Research Associate at the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on Russian language culture, language ideology, and language purism.