By Ingrid Anne Kleespies
The metaphor of the nomad might at the start look remarkable for Russia given its background of serfdom, go back and forth regulations, and strict social hierarchy. yet because the imperial heart struggled to tame an enormous territory with ever-expanding borders, rules of mobility, movement, commute, wandering, and homelessness got here to represent very important parts within the discourse approximately nationwide id. For Russians of the 19th century nationwide id was once whatever yet stable.
This rootlessness is on the middle of A country Astray. the following, Ingrid Anne Kleespies lines identical to the nomad and its dating to Russian nationwide identification in the course of the debates and dialogue of literary works by means of 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 parts of the human situation, this interdisciplinary paintings illuminates the historic and philosophical underpinnings of a simple point of Russian self-determination: the nomadic structure of the Russian nation.
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