About the author
Ekaterina E. Dmitrieva, DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia; Professor, Russian State University for the Humanities, Miusskaya 6, 125993 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9692-8329
About the editor
Georgy A. Veligorsky , PhD in Philology, Research Fellow, Scientific Laboratory “Rossica: Russian Literature in the World Cultural Context”, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4316-4630
The publication was prepared and implementedin the Federal State Budgetary Institution “А.М. Gorky Institute of World Literature RAS”at the expense of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project No. 18-18-00129 “Russian estate in literature and culture: domestic and foreign look”
The proposed book is devoted to a comparative study of the Russian Country House and the Western European castle as real artefacts of everyday life and culture, and, in particular, to the literary phenomenon to which these gave rise: the “country house genre” (usadebnaya kul’tura) in Russia, and literary castles (châteaux littéraires) in the West. The time frame of the study covers the late nineteenth century through to the first three decades of the twentieth. A few essays in the collection do, however, look back to Ancient Regime and Revolutionary France, as well as forward to more recent iterations of the topic in post-war literature. The book is divided into five parts. In the first part, attention is mainly given to the processes that took place on the Russian estate after the revolution of 1917, namely, the mass extermina- tion of Russian estates and the almost total emigration of their inhabitants. In this connection, two noteworthy attempts to revive the estate life in exile (Rachmaninov’s and Bunin’s) are con- sidered. The second part of the book is devoted to the theme of artist colonies, communes and dachas, beginning with Redhouse, home to the famous artistic utopia of the Pre-Raphaelites (England), the artist commune of Worpswede (Germany), among others. In part three, the coun- try house (castle) is viewed as an initiation space. This theme can be traced through material and examples relative to both historical (Versailles, Wörlitz, La Chennais estate, Quinta da Regalei- ra, Dornach) and “literary estates” (the texts of Bastide, Beckford, Byron, the Duchess of Duras, Stendhal, J. Gracq, etc.). The fourth part of the book is devoted to the history of manor styliza- tions — architectural, pictorial and literary. Examples here include: G. Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, T. Reinach’s Villa Kerylos, A. Benois’s watercolours of Versailles, the novels of Boylesve and Kundera. The main focus of the last part of the book is the phenomenon of the castle in Western Europe as a space for so-called ‘life creation’ (the castles of Marquis de Sade, Madame de Staёl, M. Proust, F. Mauriac and A. Vyazemsky). The publication is intended both for specialists (academics, teachers, research students and undergraduates) and for the general reader interested in the place of the Russian country house in literature and culture.
Editorial Board of series:O.A. Bogdanova (chairwoman), E.E. Dmitrieva, M.V. Skorokhodov, E.V. Glukhova, M.S. Akimova, G.A. Veligorsky
Executive editor of the fourth issue: