Josef Dobrovský and the Origins of the "Igorʹ Tale"

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Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 541 pages
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This controversial and groundbreaking book revisits the origins of one of the most beloved works of East Slavic literature, the Slovo o polku Igoreve (the Igor' Tale). Keenan delves into the history of the publication of the Tale and produces a meticulous analysis of its language in order to demonstrate that the text is not an authentic twelfth-century document. Rather, Keenan argues that it is a product of the late eighteenth century, created by the Bohemian scholar Josef Dobrovsky'. Keenan's thought-provoking insights into the creation and publication of the Tale will spark scholarly debate for many years.

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Edward L. Keenan is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History and Director, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University.

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