Russia's Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1940

Russia's Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1940

by Judith E. Kalb

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A wide-ranging study of empire, religious prophecy, and nationalism in literature, Russia’s Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890–1940 provides the first examination of Russia’s self-identification with Rome during a period that encompassed the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and the rise of the Soviet state. Analyzing Rome-related texts by six writers—Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, Valerii Briusov, Aleksandr Blok, Viacheslav Ivanov, Mikhail Kuzmin, and Mikhail Bulgakov—Judith E. Kalb argues that the myth of Russia as the “Third Rome” was resurrected to create a Rome-based discourse of Russian national identity that endured even as the empire of the tsars declined and fell and a new state replaced it.             Russia generally finds itself beyond the purview of studies concerned with the ongoing potency of the classical world in modern society. Slavists, for their part, have only recently begun to note the influence of classical civilization not only during Russia’s neo-classical eighteenth century but also during its modernist period. With its interdisciplinary scope, Russia’s Rome fills a gap in both Russian studies and scholarship on the classical tradition, providing valuable material for scholars of Russian culture and history, classicists, and readers interested in the classical heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299229238
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 07/15/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Judith E. Kalb is associate professor of Russian and comparative literature at the University of South Carolina. She has coedited two books with J. Alexander Ogden, Russian Novelists in the Age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and Russian Writers of the Silver Age, 1890–1925.

Table of Contents

Contents   List of Illustrations         Acknowledgments        Note on Transliteration and Translations              Introduction: Rome Envy           1. The Blueprint: Dmitrii Merezhkovskii's Christ and Antichrist            2. Relinquishing Empire? Valerii Briusov's Roman Novels          3. A "Roman Bolshevik": Aleksandr Blok's "Catiline" and the Russian Revolution           4. The Third Rome in Exile: Refitting the Pieces in Viacheslav Ivanov's "Roman Sonnets"            5. Emperors in Red: The Poet and the Court in Mikhail Kuzmin's Death of Nero           Conclusion: Bulgakov and Beyond          Notes   Index   

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