Between Greece and the Orient - Mapping the Russian Self
The Russian Symbolist period reformulated its own cultural identity from a spatial point of view, shaping an imaginary place formed by the hybridisation between Ancient Greece and the Orient. This is the main idea of this essay by Martina Morabito, which regards geographical space as a tool to read literary and cultural history in a new way. The book maps the Russian Zeitgeist from around 1890 to 1917 according to notions of the “Russian Self” posed by Andrej Belyj, Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Lev Bakst, and others. The analysis reveals how Russian thought in the Symbolist period lays the foundations for a new identity, interpreted as a coherent holistic space.
|124 p, ills bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, English|