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By Julia Bekman Chadaga,Gary Saul Morson

Longlist finalist, 2015 Historia Nova Prize for top booklet on Russian highbrow and Cultural History 

Julia Bekman Chadaga’s formidable examine posits that glass—in its makes use of as a fabric and as captured in culture—is a key to realizing the evolution of Russian identification from the eighteenth century onward. From the modern viewpoint, you may put out of your mind how glass has profoundly reworked imaginative and prescient. Chadaga indicates the far-reaching results of this phenomenon.

Her publication examines the similarities among glass and language, the ideological makes use of of glass, and the material’s institutions with modernity, whereas illuminating the paintings of Lomonosov, Dostoevsky, Zamyatin, and Eisenstein, between others. particularly, Chadaga explores the well known position of glass within the discourse round Russia’s contentious dating with the West—by turns admiring and antagonistic—as the state crafted a imaginative and prescient for its personal destiny. Chadaga returns all through to the superb element of glass and indicates how either the tendentious capability and the playfulness of this fabric have formed Russian culture.

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