Optical Play: Glass, Vision, and Spectacle in Russian by Julia Bekman Chadaga,Gary Saul Morson

By Julia Bekman Chadaga,Gary Saul Morson

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

Julia Bekman Chadaga’s bold learn posits that glass—in its makes use of as a cloth and as captured in culture—is a key to figuring out the evolution of Russian id from the eighteenth century onward. From the modern standpoint, possible omit how glass has profoundly reworked imaginative and prescient. Chadaga exhibits the far-reaching results of this phenomenon.

Her e-book 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 admired position of glass within the discourse round Russia’s contentious courting with the West—by turns admiring and antagonistic—as the kingdom crafted a imaginative and prescient for its personal destiny. Chadaga returns all through to the magnificent point of glass and indicates how either the tendentious capability and the playfulness of this fabric have formed Russian culture.

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