Vestnik – Issue 4, Spring 2006

Vestnik was launched by SRAS in 2004 as one of the world’s first online academic journals focused on showcasing student research. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject related to the broad geographic area outlined above is accepted. If you have written solid research eligible for publication according to the guidelines listed here, please submit it.

Our fourth issue was to focus on themes in literature, but given the recent emphasis in the news on international politics, we have broadened the focus to include papers on both topics.  In politics,  “The Bear and the Dragon” documents recent developments in Sino-Russian relations and how those developments pertain to the U.S. “Deconstructing the Millennium Manifesto” analyzes in detail the rhetoric and ideology of President Vladimir Putin.

In literature, “‘Irrational’ Rebellions Against Socialist Realism” compares Czech and Russian variations on the legend of Faust written under communism. “The Question of Genre” compares the literature of ancient Rus with that of the ancient Anglo-Saxons. “Tolstoy and Dostoevsky” compares the ontology presented in War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov. Finally, “Seven Days in April” gives a revealing analysis of Chekhov’s “The Bishop” using the techniques of New Criticism.

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Articles also available individually in HTML below

2006-05-31 – Deconstructing the Millennium Manifesto

2006-05-24 – Seven Days in April

2006-05-22 – Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

2006-05-22 – The Question of Genre in Byliny and Beowulf

2006-05-22 – The Bear and the Dragon

2006-05-22 – “Irrational” Rebellions Against Socialist Realism

About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh has been with SRAS since 2003. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. He lived in Moscow from 2003-2022, where he ran Moscow operations for SRAS. At SRAS, Josh still assists in program development and leads our internship programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

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