Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika by Nancy Ries

Published by Ithaca, New York and London: Cornell University Press, 1997. Anthropologist Nancy Ries, one of the authors of the famous old Kommunalka site, analyzes everyday talk of the Perestroyka years(early 90s), its style, its common themes and patterns.

The culture she describes has changed, and the energetic, confident, aggressive, masculine talk of 2013 is almost a diametric opposite of what dominated the communication landscape in 1993, when verbal exchange indeed largely consisted of lamentations. To understand the present reaction one needs to consider what it is a reaction to; to understand 2013 talk one needs to look at the 1993 style same as to understand the latter once needs to consider how people spoke and thought in 1973.

Those interested in the subject may also want to see an article on Russian Talk by Dmitri N. Shalin in the Slavic Review, Vol. 57 No. 3, Fall 1998. It is a .pdf file in small print. Press Ctrl and + to enlarge.

 

 

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