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Grigorij Kotošichin – inte bara ”svensk spion”, utan även rysklärarkollega?: Nytt ljus på en gammal kändis
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages. (Slaviska språk)
Number of Authors: 1
2014 (Swedish)In: Slovo : Journal of Slavic Languages and Literatures, ISSN 0348-744X, Vol. 55, 118-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Grigorii Kotoshikhin – Not just a "Swedish Spy" but also a Russian-language Teaching Partner? New Light on a Familiar Figure.

Grigorii Kotoshikhin is known primarily for his description of Muscovy during the reign of Tsar Aleksei Mikhajlovich (in a manuscript book at Uppsala University Library). He began his career as a secretary at the tsar’s Diplomatic Chancery, where he cultivated relationships with Swedish diplomats. He defected from Russia in 1664 and eventually came to Stockholm in 1666, where he wrote his famous book. In August 1667 Kotoshikhin killed his landlord in a drunken quarrel; he was executed, and his body was brought to Uppsala for dissection by the university’s most famous professor, Olof Rudbeck. This article begins with an overview of his life, followed by a discussion of a manuscript, at the National Archives in Stockholm, which can be attributed to Kotoshikhin. This document shows that Kotosshikhin not only suggested that he could teach Russian to Swedish students (as earlier scholars have mentioned), but that he even produced a small Russian textbook, using as a prototype the booklet "Alfabetum Rutenorum" (Stockholm, printed around 1640). The appendix presents the first complete facsimile edition of this handwritten textbook.

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Uppsala, 2014. Vol. 55, 118-138 p.
Keyword [en]
Grigorii Kotoshikhin, Swedish-Russian cultural relations, 17th century, Russian primers, Luther's small catechism in Russian
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239328OAI: diva2:774297
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RFP12-0055:1
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2015-01-16Bibliographically approved

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