Publication of letters from L.E. Pinsky to G.P. Struve
An article from Mikhail Velizhev suggests a new interpretation of the rift between contexts that accompanied the creation and publication of Pyotr Chaadayev’s first «Philosophical Letter», as well as with the period in which the new political language Chaadayev used in his text was taking shape. The political language of French traditionalism had become fully consolidated in the political context of the Holy Alliance of European sovereigns; the ideology of this alliance was closely tied to one of the key texts of the Catholic tradition, Joseph de Maistre’s treatise «Du Pape». The foundational hypothesis of Velizhev’s article lies in the fact that, while actively using the language of the traditionalist-philosophers, Chaadayev was also reflecting upon the fate of the Holy Alliance.
The article introduces first results of 3-years research on practices of manga reading in Russia. It builds upon participant observation in manga reading communities, focus groups, expert interviews and an online survey (1545 participants). The article gives information about age and geographical scope of Russian manga readers, characterizes reading contexts and the main influences of this activity on the readers. The educational motivations, alternative temporality, different scenarios of emotional attachment and reception in the process of reading are examined in details.