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Meanings and values of water in Russian culture / edited by Jane Costlow (Bates College) and Arja Rosenholm (University of Tampere).

  • London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
  • ©2017
xiii, 267 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
  • Routledge studies in modern European history ; 34. [More in this series]
  • Routledge studies in modern European history ; 34
Summary note:
"Bringing together a team of scholars from the diverse fields of geography, literary studies and history, this is the first volume to study water as a cultural phenomenon within the Russian/Soviet context. Water in this context is both a cognitive and cultural construct and a geographical and physical phenomenon, representing particular rivers (the Volga, the Chusovaia in the Urals, the Neva) and bodies of water (from Baikal to sacred springs and the flowing water of nineteenth-century estates), but also powerful systems of meaning from traditional cultures and those forged in the radical restructuring undertaken in the 1930s. Individual chapters explore the polyvalence and contestation of meanings, dimensions and values given to water in various times and spaces in Russian history. The reservoir of symbolic association is tapped by poets and film makers but also by policy makers, the popular press and advertisers seeking to incite reaction or drive sales. The volume's emphasis on the cultural dimensions of water will link material that is often widely disparate in time and space; it will also serve as the methodological framework for the analysis undertaken both within chapters and in the editors' introduction"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Section I: Language and myths of water -- The cultural semantics of water idioms in Russian dialects / Ivan Podiukov -- Sacred waters : the spiritual world of Lake Baikal / Nicholas Breyfogle -- On the veneration of springs in the nineteenth century : models of behavior and decision-making practices / Evgeny Platonov -- Daemon loci : the formation of river images in Russian mental world / Dmitrii Zamyatin -- Section II: Socio-sultural identities of water -- "Mother Volga" and "Mother Russia" : on the role of the river in gendering Russianness / Oleg Riabov -- Main street of the the Urals : creating the "Chusovaia" metanarrative / Maria Litovskaia -- A cup of tundra : ethnography of water and thirst in the Bering Strait / Sveta Yamin-Pasternak, Peter Schweitzer, Igorn Pasternak, Andrew Kliskey, and Lilian Alessa and -- Section III: Water rebuilding landscapes -- Water on the Russian gentry estate / Elena Miliugina and Mikhail Stroganov -- Celebrating the return of the flood / Polina Barskova -- Water and power : the Moscow Canal and the "Port of Five Seas" /Cynthia Ruder -- Section IV: Aesthetics and poetics of water -- A woman in nature/a woman is nature : the eternal feminine as a conceptual blend of human and liquescent ontologies in Russian symbolist poetics / Anastasia Kostetskaya -- Parched : water and its absence in the films of Larisa Shepitʹko / Jane Costlow -- "Water flows and teaches" : Marietta Shaginian's novel Hydrocentral / Arja Rosenholm -- Spatriotism : water recyling in literary polemics (late eighteenth- to early nineteenth- century Russia) / Gitta Hammarberg.
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