By Ingrid Anne Kleespies
The metaphor of the nomad might at the start appear marvelous for Russia given its historical past of serfdom, shuttle regulations, and strict social hierarchy. yet because the imperial heart struggled to tame an enormous territory with ever-expanding borders, principles of mobility, movement, trip, wandering, and homelessness got here to represent very important parts within the discourse approximately nationwide identification. For Russians of the 19th century nationwide id used to be something yet stable.
This rootlessness is on the middle of A country Astray. the following, Ingrid Anne Kleespies strains a twin of the nomad and its courting to Russian nationwide id during 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 basic readers attracted to exile and displacement as components of the human situation, this interdisciplinary paintings illuminates the old and philosophical underpinnings of a uncomplicated element of Russian self-determination: the nomadic structure of the Russian nation.
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A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature by Ingrid Anne Kleespies