A. Bukeikhanov’s journalistic legacy and Russian literary culture

On April 4, 2018 (in ENU academic building No.4, classroom 112, 11.00 PM), L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University hosted a public lecture by Doctor of Philology, Professor with Teleradio and Public Relations Subdepartment, Department of Journalism and Political Science, Takhan Serik Sheshenbayuly, titled: “A. Bukeikhanov’s journalistic legacy in Russian”, as part of the Science Decade program.

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The audience included 1st-3rd year Russian-language students of Journalism, Master’s, PhD students and young faculty teachers. The lecture looked in detail into how the Russian classical literary canon manifested itself in A. Bukeikhanov’s socio-political discourse presented in his journalistic materials in Russian, primarily in such essays as “Expropriation of Kyrgyz Irrigated Croplands”, “Settlements in Akmola Oblast”, “Russian settlements in the depths of the Steppe Region “, “The crisis of bureaucratic  relocation” and others published in the Siberian Questions journal in 1908-1910 in St. Petersburg. The lecturer demonstrated that Bukeikhanov was particularly committed to the literary behests of M. Saltykov-Shchedrin, G. Uspensky, A.Chekhov in expressing sympathy for the laboring man on soil and the satirical mockery of the powers that be.

The lecture described speech techniques and rhetorical figures as evidence of A. Bukeikhanov’s adherence to the democratic literary canon. The lecturer provided exhaustive arguments to show that Bukeikhanov’s extensive historical and literary commentary on events related to the imperial policy of resettling landless Russian peasants to Kazakh lands, harks back to the traditions of Russian prose in the second half of the 19th century that reflected the reality through typification of socio-political phenomena revealing autocracy’s general crisis.


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