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03 March 2023

Family Reading of Nobles in the Information Culture of the Russian Province of the second half of the XIX – early XX centuries

Bylye Gody
Family Reading of Nobles in the Information Culture of the Russian Province of the second half of the XIX – early XX centuries

The article deals with the problem of the existence and transformation of the culture of family reading among the nobility in the second half of the XIX — early XX centuries. The features of the selection of literature for evenings with the family are analyzed, the features of the reader's interest among different social and age groups of nobles are characterized (including through reference to memoirs). To develop sources of different content and types, historical-comparative and historical-typological methods were used to perform comparative characteristics of family reading of different noble families. In the course of the study of the information culture of the Russian nobility, it was possible to establish the fundamental importance of family reading for the formation of interests, creative abilities, moral qualities of the upper class. Daily reference to books formed an unobtrusive perception of book culture, determined interest in the printed word. The formation was the development of works of different linguistic affiliation and genres, which developed the horizons and erudition of family members. Through the active development of the book heritage, the early socialization of noble youngsters took place, interest in certain topics and directions in literature was formed. At the same time, the image of reading parents became a role model and formed the necessary conditions for the reproduction of reading traditions in the future.

Source: Ruslan M. Zhitin, Alexey G. Topilsky (2022). Family Reading of Nobles in the Information Culture of the Russian Province of the second half of the XIX – early XX centuries. Bylye Gody. 17(4): 1625-1632

Source web-site: https://bg.cherkasgu.press/journals_n/1669898491.pdf

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