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Russia on the EdgeImagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity$
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Edith W. Clowes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448560.001.0001

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Russia’s Deconstructionist Westernizer

Russia’s Deconstructionist Westernizer

Mikhail Ryklin’s “Larger Space of Europe” Confronts Holy Rus’

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Russia on the Edge

Edith W. Clowes

Cornell University Press

This chapter probes Mikhail Ryklin's quest for a non-authoritarian Russian identity. Ryklin's psycho-geographical metaphors are herein used to examine the current Russian crisis of identity and to build the psychological groundwork for a different identity. Of particular interest are his concepts of “center,” “border,” and the “West.” Ryklin has two main goals. His first concrete goal is to reinvent Moscow as the center after its existence for decades as the Stalinist site of what he calls forced mass “jubilation.” Second, Ryklin psychoanalyzes himself, probing his personal identity, examining what in his experience created his sense of personhood, and diagnosing the unconscious workings of the Soviet mentality in himself.

Keywords:   Mikhail Ryklin, non-authoritarian Russian identity, psycho-geographical metaphors, Moscow, mass jubilation, personal identity, Soviet mentality

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