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Life Is Elsewhere: Symbolic Geography in the Russian Provinces, 1800-1917

Anne Lounsbery


This book shows how nineteenth-century Russian literature created an imaginary place called “the provinces”—a place at once homogeneous, static, anonymous, and symbolically opposed to Petersburg and Moscow. The book looks at a wide range of texts, both canonical and lesser-known, in order to explain why the trope has exercised such enduring power, and what role it plays in the larger symbolic geography that structures Russian literature's representation of the nation's space. The book brings to light fundamental questions that have long gone unasked: how to understand, for instance, the weakne ... More

Keywords: Russian literature, literary regionalism, provinciality, Russian provinces, Russian writers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501747915
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747915.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Lounsbery, author
New York University