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Russian Proverbs in Literature, Politics, and Pedagogy- Festschrift for Kevin J. McKenna in Celebration of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday

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Edited By Wolfgang Mieder

This unique Festschrift in honor of Professor Kevin J. McKenna on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday is different from most such celebratory essay volumes in that it does not consist of essays from various authors but is rather a collection of fourteen of his most significant publications on proverbial matters from the last two decades. For more than twenty-five years, Professor McKenna has taught Russian language, culture, and literature at the University of Vermont, and during this time, he has gained national and international recognition as an instructor, scholar, and administrator. On the campus of his university, he has been a true champion of international education, and he has been an inspiring and guiding light for many students as they made impressive progress with their Russian studies in Vermont and in Russia. While his numerous cultural, literary, and political studies have brought him much recognition, it is especially his seminal book All the Views Fit to Print: Changing Images of the U.S. in «Pravda» Political Cartoons, 1917-1991 (2001) that continues to be a mainstay today in the study of the relationship of the United States and the Soviet Union during the twentieth century. Of course, Dr. McKenna has also made a name for himself as a proverb scholar in the United States and in Europe with his paremiological publications on the literary, journalistic, and political use of proverbs. The edited essay volume Proverbs in Russian Literature: From Catherine the Great to Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1998) is especially noteworthy.
The fourteen essays of this Festschrift are divided into three groups – literature, politics, and pedagogy. The first six essays are dedicated to the literary use and function of proverbs in the works of Catherine the Great, Leo Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Nabokov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Sergei Eisenstein. The next five articles deal with the use of proverbs in Pravda headlines, the depiction of the proverb «Big fish eat little fish» in Pravda cartoons, Russian politics in Pravda cartoons, the image of the «Ship of State» in such cartoons, and Vladimir Putin’s employment of proverbs. The three essays in the section on pedagogy look at the role of proverbs in the Russian language curriculum, the appearance of proverbs in Russian language textbooks, and the importance of the so-called paremiological minimum, that is, the set of Russian proverbs that are known and used frequently by native speakers and that consequently should also be learned by foreign language students. Together these studies are representative of Kevin J. McKenna’s accomplishments as a proverb scholar, and they also present an informed and eminently readable introduction to the rich field of Russian proverbs.

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accuse, 264 act, 219 Adam, 139 advance, 220 afraid, 219, 220 age, 253, 259, 262 agreement, 238 ailment, 261 air, 265 alive, 264 all, 264, 275 animal, 262 anvil, 263 appetite, 113, 116, 122 apple, 11, 182, 183, 243, 245, 271, 277 arm, 91 armor, 92 armorer, 92 ask, 274 awl, 247 axe, 239 baby, 61, 129, 137 babysitter, 129, 137 back, 128, 235 bad, 238, 243, 253, 257, 259, 260, 262, 267 bait, 240 barn, 139 barrel, 245 beach, 23 beak, 58, 87 beam, 13 bear, 88, 239, 242 beard, 267 beast, 65 beat, 236, 267 beauty, 256, 264 bed, 35, 89, 236, 243 beer, 255 begin, 265 beginning, 135, 139, 256, 262 belongings, 237 Proverb index Mieder_Book.indb 283 23/10/12 1:38 PM 284 russian proverbs in literature, politics, and pedagogy better, 271, 276 bigger, 238 bird, 27, 87, 92, 117, 242, 263, 271, 274, 279 bite, 263, 265, 272 bitten, 239, 242 blame, 245 blessed, 22, 107, 121, 264 blind, 10, 49, 53 blow, 75 body, 182 boldness, 36, 37 bone, 62 bonnet, 109, 121 book, 275 boss, 236 bowl, 257 box, 272 boy, 74 bread, 133, 136, 138, 184–186, 237, 258, 261, 266, 275 bridge, 220, 237 bring, 267 bucket, 75 bull, 87 burden, 128, 134, 138, 245, 276 bush, 242, 267, 271 business, 237 butter, 133, 263 bygones, 10 cabbage, 81, 268 cabin, 264 cake, 261 calf, 55, 56, 67, 75–77 calm, 264 candle, 263, 273, 275 care, 132, 138 carriage, 243 carry,...

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