Rewriting Capitalism

Literature and the Market in Late Tsarist Russia and the Kingdom of Poland

Rigorously argued and wonderfully written, this book compares the emerging ideas of a literary market in Russia and Poland. The material is well chosen, the analysis convincing and insightful. A wide range of readers, including Slavists and students of culture . . . will learn from its intellectual high spirits and very smart ideas.
Stephanie Sandler, Amherst College

In this ground-breaking book, Beth Holmgren examines how—in turn-of-the-century Russia and its subject, the Kingdom of Poland—capitalism affected the elitist culture of literature, publishing, book markets, and readership. Rewriting Capitalism considers how both “serious” writers and producers of consumer culture coped with the drastic power shift from “serious” literature to market-driven literature.

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Beth Holmgren

Beth Holmgren is professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Woman’s Works in Stalin’s Time: On Lidiia Chukoskaia and Nadezhda Mandelstam.

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