By Ingrid Anne Kleespies
The metaphor of the nomad may well first and foremost appear stunning for Russia given its background of serfdom, trip regulations, and strict social hierarchy. yet because the imperial middle struggled to tame an unlimited territory with ever-expanding borders, rules of mobility, movement, go back and forth, wandering, and homelessness got here to represent very important parts within the discourse approximately nationwide id. For Russians of the 19th century nationwide id used to be something yet stable.
This rootlessness is on the center of A state Astray. right here, Ingrid Anne Kleespies lines just like the nomad and its dating to Russian nationwide identification during the debates and dialogue of literary works through seminal writers like Karamzin, Pushkin, Chaadaev, Goncharov, and Dostoevsky. attractive to scholars of Russian Romanticism, nationhood, and identification, in addition to normal readers attracted to exile and displacement as components of the human , this interdisciplinary paintings illuminates the ancient and philosophical underpinnings of a uncomplicated point of Russian self-determination: the nomadic structure of the Russian nation.
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