Cities are constructed and organized by people, and in turn become an important factor in the organization of human life. They are sites of both social encounter and social division and provide for their inhabitants “a sense of place”. This book explores the nature of Russian cities, outlining the role played by various Russian cities over time. It focuses on a range of cities including provincial cities, considering both physical, iconic, created cities, and also cities as represented in films, fiction and other writing. Overall, the book provides a rich picture of the huge variety of Russian cities.
Table of Contents
- The City in Russian Culture
- The City as Legible Sanctuary
- The City as a Site of Urban Vision
- The City as Translocal Space
- The City as a Work of Monumental Culture
- The City as Showpiece
- The City as Genuine Space
- The City as Narrated Space
- The City as Imagined Home
- The City as Created Text
- The City as Imaginary Landscape
- The City as Gendered Space
"Space, Culture, and the Russian City"
Pavel Lyssakov and Stephen M. Norris
Part I: The Constructed City
"Siberia’s City on a Hill: Tobol’sk at the Apogee of Empire"
Mark A. Soderstrom
"Serf Village, Industrial Town: The Creation of Ivanovo-Voznesensk"
Alison K. Smith
"‘Malorossians Have Come!’ Ukrainian Musicale and the Making of the Russian Imperial City in the Middle Volga"
"The Hero-City of Novorossiisk as a Site of War Myth and Memory"
"Arctic Camp, Arctic City: the Gulag and the Construction of Vorkuta"
"The Paradoxes of Soviet Urbanization: The Search for the Genuine Soviet City"
Part II: The Represented City
"Spatial Practices and the Narrative of the Russian City"
"Journeys Through the Socialist City and Inside the Socialist Apartment: Space and Place in the Moscow Text of Soviet Film"
Stephen M. Norris
"Writing from the Ruins of Europe: Representing Kaliningrad in Russian Literature from Brodsky to Buida"
"The Geo-cultural Images of Sortavala: Poetics of Place in the North Ladoga Region"
"The Rise and Fall of the Creative Capitals: Female Directors on Post-Soviet Urban Space"
Anzhelika Artyukh and Arlene Forman
Pavel Lyssakov is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University
Stephen M. Norris is a Professor of History at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio