A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian by Ingrid Anne Kleespies

By Ingrid Anne Kleespies

The metaphor of the nomad may perhaps at the beginning appear magnificent for Russia given its background of serfdom, trip regulations, and strict social hierarchy. yet because the imperial heart struggled to tame an unlimited territory with ever-expanding borders, rules of mobility, movement, go back and forth, wandering, and homelessness got here to represent vital components within the discourse approximately nationwide identification. For Russians of the 19th century nationwide identification was once whatever yet stable.

This rootlessness is on the middle of A state Astray. the following, Ingrid Anne Kleespies lines identical to the nomad and its courting to Russian nationwide id throughout the debates and dialogue of literary works by way of seminal writers like Karamzin, Pushkin, Chaadaev, Goncharov, and Dostoevsky. attractive to scholars of Russian Romanticism, nationhood, and identification, in addition to basic readers attracted to exile and displacement as components of the human , this interdisciplinary paintings illuminates the historic and philosophical underpinnings of a simple element of Russian self-determination: the nomadic structure of the Russian nation.

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