By Ingrid Anne Kleespies
The metaphor of the nomad may perhaps in the beginning appear brilliant for Russia given its heritage of serfdom, shuttle regulations, and strict social hierarchy. yet because the imperial heart struggled to tame an unlimited territory with ever-expanding borders, principles of mobility, movement, trip, wandering, and homelessness got here to represent vital components within the discourse approximately nationwide identification. For Russians of the 19th century nationwide id used to be whatever yet stable.
This rootlessness is on the center of A state Astray. right here, Ingrid Anne Kleespies strains a dead ringer for the nomad and its dating to Russian nationwide id 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 common readers attracted to exile and displacement as components of the human situation, this interdisciplinary paintings illuminates the old and philosophical underpinnings of a simple element of Russian self-determination: the nomadic structure of the Russian nation.
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A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature by Ingrid Anne Kleespies