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Гений и место: Иннокентий Анненский в поисках сокровенных пространств

Вопросы литературы. 2016. № 1. С. 104-115.

This analysis of the relationship between the artist (genius) and places of importance in his literary career begins from the premise that a specific place may serve to trigger a creative concept and subsequently the creation of a work of art. It examines the issues of symbolic topography and geographical images of place as exemplified in Innokenty Annensky’s poetry on the basis of two poems written in Vologda but linked to the locus of Tsarskoe Selo and introduces the concept of metageography to interpret the interplay of genius and place. Inner spaces may evolve as the intersection and interplay of completely different places in a genius’s mind, giving rise to a specific literary work. In this way, Annensky’s poetry transformed the visual and aural features of the Vologda landscape into the classical geocultural images of Tsarskoe Selo. The connection between various places in writing poetry is mediated and latent and demands multiple interpretations. The simultaneity at work in the creative process is a significant element in an artist’s metageography.