Russian Children's Literature

(4088 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


Russian children’s literature has a rich tradition rooted in the medieval culture and religious education promoted by Russian priests and monks. For example The Primary Chronicle compiled in Kiev in 1113 describes efforts by Prince Vladimir in 988 to create a particular type of educational literature suitable for children. In the Middle Ages several centres promoted education and literacy in Russia, including the first school for girls based at the Andreev monastery in Kiev (opened in 1026) and the Polotsk school for girls (opened in 1143). The first printed book for children was published by Ivan Fedorov in Lviv: it included the Russian alphabet, stories relating the origin of Russian culture, and several prayers and poems …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
Smith, Alexandra. "Russian Children's Literature". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 March 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=16293, accessed 03 September 2015.]


Related Groups

  1. Children's Literature