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Architecture of oblivion : ruins and historical consciousness in modern Russia / Andreas Schönle ; Julia Fauci, design.

Author/Creator:
Schönle, Andreas, author.
Publication:
DeKalb, Illinois : Northern Illinois University Press, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (298 p.)
Series:
NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
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Subjects:
Architecture and society -- Russia -- History.
Architecture and society -- Soviet Union -- History.
Architecture -- Russia -- Aesthetics -- History.
Architecture -- Soviet Union -- Aesthetics -- History.
City and town life -- Russia -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Despite attempts to promote the aesthetics of ruins in Russia—from Catherine the Great's construction of fake ruins in imperial parks to Josef Brodsky's elegiac meditations—ruins have never achieved the status they enjoy in Western Europe. While the Soviet Union was notorious for leveling churches, post-Soviet Russia has only intensified the practice of massive destruction and reconstruction. Architecture of Oblivion examines the role of ruins in the development of Russia's historical consciousness from the eighteenth century to the present. Investigating the meaning and functions ruins have acquired in Russian culture, Schönle looks at ideological reasons for the current disregard for the value of ruins and historical buildings, in particular by political authorities, and reveals how ruins have often become a site of resistance to official ideology and an invitation to map out alternative visions of history and of statehood. An interdisciplinary study of Russia's response to ruins has never been attempted, although the topic of ruins has garnered considerable interest in Western Europe and in the U.S. This original work from a leading authority on the subject will appeal to historians of Russian culture and thought, literature and art scholars, and general readers interested in ruins.
Contents:
Ruins and modernity in Russian pre-Romanticism
Lessons of the fire of Moscow in 1812
Aesthetics and politics in the Romantic fashion for ruins
Between erasure and nurture : ruins and the modern city in the depth of times
Post-revolutionary urban decay : from the return of random beauty to the dystopian loss of self
The ruins of the blockade of Leningrad and the aesthetic struggle for survival
Ruin as transition to timelessness in Joseph Brodsky's poetry
The ruin as alternative reality : paper architects and the vitality of decay.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes index.
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
Fauci, Julia, designer.
ISBN:
1-5017-5677-X
1-60909-020-9
OCLC:
868220166
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781501756771 doi