By Alexei Lalo
A lot of the former scholarship on Russia's literary discourses of sexuality and eroticism within the Silver Age used to be equipped on employing ecu theoretical versions (from psychoanalysis to feminist thought) to Russia's modernization. This e-book argues that, on the become the 20th century, Russian pop culture for the 1st time came across itself in direct disagreement with the conventional excessive cultures of the higher periods and intelligentsia, generating modernized representations of sexuality. This Russian culture of conflicted representations, heretofore misassessed through literary heritage, emerges as what Foucault could name a full-blown bio-history of Russian tradition: a historical past of indigenous representations of sexuality and the eroticized physique in a position to innovation by itself phrases, not only these by-product from Europe.
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Additional resources for Libertinage in Russian Culture and Literature (Russian History and Culture)
In the Russian high court, aristocrats and cultural elite (3–5% of the actual population) spoke a variety of modern European languages (most notably, French and German) and classical ones (Latin and Greek). Many of them were not fluent in Russian and did not feel any need to think or write in it. Another factor in Russian cultural life has always been the strict censorship of all cultural production by both the Church and the State. Before Aleksandr Pushkin (1799–1837) Russian literature had not managed, or even attempted, to create discourses of eroticism and sexuality.
Something to think about, isn’t it, comrades? (cccccc 904) carnality and eroticism in russian literature 43 Perhaps Losev did not intend it that way but his essay leaves a lot for us, his comrades, to think about the Russian philosopher himself, Plato notwithstanding. Why would such a connoisseur of Plato reduce Symposium with its rich plot and spiritual/intellectual metamorphoses to just a series of drunken depictions of the phallus? Why would he heap curses on Platonic Eros without even bothering to construct an argument of his own?
Here Russians went against the historically verifĳiable Word of God: for instance, although Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus when she was still very young, not older than 17, she is never represented at this age [in Russia]. Mother of God is presented as an old or already aging woman, around 40 years old, who holds a well covered Baby Jesus (compare to Catholic naked bodies); she looks not like his Mother but his nanny who is nursing someone else’s unhappy child: her face is invariably mournful and often with a tear running from her eye .
Libertinage in Russian Culture and Literature (Russian History and Culture) by Alexei Lalo