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

By Ingrid Anne Kleespies

The metaphor of the nomad may possibly firstly appear astonishing for Russia given its heritage of serfdom, go back and forth regulations, and strict social hierarchy. yet because the imperial middle struggled to tame an unlimited 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 something yet stable.

This rootlessness is on the center of A kingdom Astray. the following, Ingrid Anne Kleespies lines clone of 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 id, in addition to common 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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