Meanings and values of water in Russian culture / Ed. by Jane Costlow and Arja Rosenholm.Series: Routledge studies in modern European historyPublisher: London: Routledge, 2017Description: xiii, 267 pISBN: 9781472447500Subject(s): Water and civilization | Water -- Russia | Water -- Soviet Union | Water -- Russia | Water -- Soviet Union | Bodies of water -- Russia | Bodies of water -- Soviet UnionDDC classification: 333.910 094 7 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Section One: Language and Myths of Water -- Ivan Podiukov, The Cultural Semantics of Water Idioms in Russian Dialects -- Nicholas Breyfogle, Sacred Waters : The Spiritual World of Lake Baikal -- Evgenii Platonov, On the veneration of Springs in the Nineteenth Century : Models of Behavior and Decision-Making Practices -- Dmitry Zamyatin, Daemon Loci : The Formation of River Images in Russian Mental Worlds -- Section Two: Socio-Cultural Identities of Water -- Oleg Riabov, "Mother Volga" and "Mother Russia" : On the Role of the River in Gendering Russianness -- Maria Litovskaia, Main Street of the Urals : Creating the "Chusovaia" Metanarrative -- Sveta Yamin-Pasternak, Peter Schweitzer, Igor Pasternak, Andrew Kliskey, and Lilian Alessa, A Cup of Tundra : Ethnography of Water and Thirst in the Bering Strait -- Section Three: Water Rebuilding Landscapes -- E. G. Miliugina and M. V. Stroganov, Water on the Russian Gentry Estate -- Polina Barskova, Celebrating the Return of the Flood -- Cynthia Ruder, Water and power : The Moscow Canal and the "Port of Five Seas" -- Section Four: Aesthetics and Poetics of Water -- Anastasia Kostetskaya, A Woman in Nature/A Woman is Nature : The Eternal Feminine as a Conceptual Blend of Human and Liquescent Ontologies in Russian Symbolist Poetics" -- Jane Costlow, Parched : Water and its Absence in the Films of Larisa Shepitʹko -- Arja Rosenholm, "Water Flows and Teaches" : Marietta Shaginian's Novel Hydrocentral -- Gitta Hammarberg, Spatriotism : Water Recycling in Literary Polemics (Late Eighteenth-to Early Nineteenth-Century Russia)".
"Bringing together a team of scholars from the diverse fields of geography, literary studies and history, this is the first volume to study water as a cultural phenomenon within the Russian/Soviet context. Water in this context is both a cognitive and cultural construct and a geographical and physical phenomenon, representing particular rivers (the Volga, the Chusovaia in the Urals, the Neva) and bodies of water (from Baikal to sacred springs and the flowing water of nineteenth-century estates), but also powerful systems of meaning from traditional cultures and those forged in the radical restructuring undertaken in the 1930s. Individual chapters explore the polyvalence and contestation of meanings, dimensions and values given to water in various times and spaces in Russian history. The reservoir of symbolic association is tapped by poets and film makers but also by policy makers, the popular press and advertisers seeking to incite reaction or drive sales. The volume's emphasis on the cultural dimensions of water will link material that is often widely disparate in time and space; it will also serve as the methodological framework for the analysis undertaken both within chapters and in the editors' introduction"--Provided by publisher.