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Russian intellectuals, political culture and violence. History & Literature

Grant number: 16/22746-2
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - Brazil
Duration: March 15, 2017 - June 14, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal researcher:Bruno Barretto Gomide
Grantee:Bruno Barretto Gomide
Visiting researcher: Daniel Aarao Reis Filho
Visiting researcher institution: Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Filosofia (ICHF), Brazil
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

I intend to undertake, as a Visiting Professor in the year 2017/2018, studies on the relations of Russian intellectuals with the issue of violence. They will be taken as main references the route of Alexander Herzen and Isaac Babel.These authors had forecast at the time in which they lived and continue raising interest and controversy. His texts are expressive of society in which they lived and relevant, it is appropriate for the analysis that I propose.In Alexander Herzen, it is well established the radical questioning of the use of violence that led symptomatic and symbolically, to his complete political isolation. This did not prevent later the rescue, though with reservations, his name and his work by the victorious revolutionaries in 1917. My hypothesis is that his political isolation is connected exactly to your rebuttal to resort to violence .In Isaac Babel, in contrast, in addition to its sweet and affectionate character ( "incapable of killing a fly"), the seduction by violence and physical strength is manifested in living form, through his writings, in his admiration for outlaws. Like many other intellectuals, Russian and foreign, let yourself be fascinated by the use of violence exercised against a power considered unfair, or a power, conceived as revolutionary. (AU)

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