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1st Edition

The City in Russian Culture

ISBN 9781138310230
Published April 26, 2018 by Routledge
316 Pages 94 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

  1. The City in Russian Culture
  2. "Space, Culture, and the Russian City"

    Pavel Lyssakov and Stephen M. Norris

    Part I: The Constructed City

  3. The City as Legible Sanctuary
  4. "Siberia’s City on a Hill: Tobol’sk at the Apogee of Empire"

    Mark A. Soderstrom

  5. The City as a Site of Urban Vision
  6. "Serf Village, Industrial Town: The Creation of Ivanovo-Voznesensk"

    Alison K. Smith

  7. The City as Translocal Space
  8. "‘Malorossians Have Come!’ Ukrainian Musicale and the Making of the Russian Imperial City in the Middle Volga"

    Ilya Gerasimov

  9. The City as a Work of Monumental Culture
  10. "The Hero-City of Novorossiisk as a Site of War Myth and Memory"

    Vicky Davis

  11. The City as Showpiece
  12. "Arctic Camp, Arctic City: the Gulag and the Construction of Vorkuta"

    Alan Barenberg

  13. The City as Genuine Space
  14. "The Paradoxes of Soviet Urbanization: The Search for the Genuine Soviet City"

    Milyausha Zakirova

    Part II: The Represented City

  15. The City as Narrated Space
  16. "Spatial Practices and the Narrative of the Russian City"

    Pavel Lyssakov

  17. The City as Imagined Home
  18. "Journeys Through the Socialist City and Inside the Socialist Apartment: Space and Place in the Moscow Text of Soviet Film"

    Stephen M. Norris

  19. The City as Created Text
  20. "Writing from the Ruins of Europe: Representing Kaliningrad in Russian Literature from Brodsky to Buida"

    Uilleam Blacker

  21. The City as Imaginary Landscape
  22. "The Geo-cultural Images of Sortavala: Poetics of Place in the North Ladoga Region"

    Alexander Izotov

  23. The City as Gendered Space

"The Rise and Fall of the Creative Capitals: Female Directors on Post-Soviet Urban Space"

Anzhelika Artyukh and Arlene Forman

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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