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For more than three centuries, St. Petersburg, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as Russia's westward-oriented capital and as a visually stunning showcase of Russia's imperial ambitions, has been the country's most mythologized city. Like a museum piece, it has functioned as a site for preservation, a literal and imaginative place where Russians can commune with idealized pasts. Preserving Petersburg represents a significant departure from traditional representations. By moving beyond the "Petersburg text" created by canonized writers and artists, the contributors to this engrossing volume trace the ways in which St. Petersburg has become a "museum piece," embodying history, nostalgia, and recourse to memories of the past. The essays in this attractively illustrated volume trace a process of preservation that stretches back nearly three centuries, as manifest in the works of noted historians, poets, novelists, artists, architects, filmmakers, and dramatists.

Table of Contents

  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Helena Goscilo, Stephen M. Norris
  3. pp. ix-xxii
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  1. One. St. Petersburg and the Art of Survival
  2. William Craft Brumfield
  3. pp. 1-38
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  1. Two. The City’s Memory: Texts of Preservation and Loss in Imperial St. Petersburg
  2. Julie Buckler
  3. pp. 39-56
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  1. Three. Unsaintly St. Petersburg? Visions and Visuals
  2. Helena Goscilo
  3. pp. 57-87
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  1. Four. A Tale of Two Cities: Ancient Rome and St. Petersburg in Mandelstam’s Poetry
  2. Zara Torlone
  3. pp. 88-114
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  1. Five. Petersburg in the Poetry of the Russian Emigration
  2. Vladimir Khazan
  3. pp. 115-141
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  1. Six. Multiethnic St. Petersburg: The Late Imperial Period
  2. Steven Duke
  3. pp. 142-163
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  1. Seven. Leningrad Culture under Siege (1941–1944)
  2. Cynthia Simmons
  3. pp. 164-181
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  1. Eight. Cultural Capital and Cultural Heritage: St. Petersburg and the Arts of Imperial Russia
  2. Richard Stites
  3. pp. 182-196
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  1. Nine. Strolls Through Postmodern Petersburg: Celebrating the City in 2003
  2. Stephen M. Norris
  3. pp. 197-218
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 219-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-234
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253027894
Related ISBN
9780253351425
MARC Record
OCLC
1016843441
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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