The object of this article is to discuss the problematics of the attractiveness of literary images in N.P. Antsiferov’s theory of literary excursions. At the heart of the idea of literary excursions lies the idea of the experience of the connection of a literary image with a concrete spatial locus. Describing how a literary excursion utilizes various aspects of the aesthetics of realism and actualizes definite types of readerly experience, Antsiferov anticipates the research of literary imagination in popular culture.
In this review the book "Historical Culture of the Russian Empire: Formation of Representation of the Past / Ed. A. N. Dmitriev. Istoricheskaya kul'tura imperatorskoi Rossii: formirovanie predstavlenii o proshlom / Otv. red. A.N. Dmitriev. M.: ID VShE, 2012" is examined. Author considers it as contribution to the studies of historical culture and discusses relevance of the different approaches for the description of this subject.
Through an analysis of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center, a memorial complex opened in Yekaterinburg in 2015, Boltunova examines the formation of memory of Russia's first president Boris Yeltsin and, more broadly, of the 1990s. The new museum's collection is interpreted in the context of American and Russian cultural and historical traditions. Boltunova pays particular attention to the memorial strategies that emerged during Russia's imperial period. She demonstrates how imperial-era standpoints became the foundation for the creation of the Soviet formation of memories about leaders, and addresses the question of how useful they proved for the formation of memories about Yeltsin.
The article discusses the Composizione del mondo, the first cosmological encyclopedia in tuscanian vernacular, by Restoro d’Arezzo, ca. 1280. It is the only Restoro’s text surviving, but from it we know that he was also a practicing painter, probably a jeweler. Some passages, for instance, descriptions of painted and carved vases and of sarcophagi, show his acute esthetic attitude, prove the existence of a circle of amateurs of pagan antiquities. A textual analysis of these crucial passages allows to review some ideas, present in human sciences, about the birth of the modern, post-Renaissance, notion of the Art.
Review of M. Bozovic’s book “Nabokov’s Canon: From Onegin to Ada” (Evanston, 2016)