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Russian National Identity in the Travel Writings of Dostoevsky and Herzen.

Grant number: 11/14081-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): March 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal Investigator:Bruno Barretto Gomide
Grantee:Lorena Leite Miranda
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The dissertation will discuss Dostoevsky's contribution to the Westernizers-Slavophiles debate that was typical of the Russian nineteenth century. This shall be done through the comparative analysis of "Winter Notes on Summer Impressions" (1863) - a collection of articles on the author's impressions of his first trip to Europe, in 1862 - and another important travelogue that preceded Dostoevsky's, "Letters From France and Italy", (1855), by Aleksandr Gertsen (Herzen). We understand that these two works, whose authors take rather divergent positions within the Westernizers-Slavophiles spectrum, synthesize the political views of each of them, chiefly on what concerns the complex relationship between Russia and the West. By comparing Dostoevsky with one of the main spokesmen of his ideological antagonists, we intend to throw some light on strategic aspects of his political view.

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MIRANDA, Lorena Leite. Russian national identity in Dostoyevskys and Herzens travel literature. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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