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Tatiana S. Zlotnikova

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Tatiana S. Zlotnikova — DSc in Arts, The K. D. Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University, Respublikanskaya St. 108/1150000 Yaroslavl, Russia. E-mail: cij_yar@mail.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 54


pp. 114–126


January 27, 2019

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December 28, 2019

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Russian philosophical and closely related artistic tradition have generated a paradox: provincialism of Russian self-consciousness. Which is quite explicable if one proceeds from the idea of N. Berdyaev that “provincialism is another metaphysics of life”. The space of Russian culture acts as an area of distribution of provincial culture, which does not coincide with geographical, administrative borders, as well as the boundaries of the compact settlement of Russians. The paper is to justify the concept “chronotope of the Russian province”. The provinciality of the Russian self-consciousness was implicitly interpreted in philosophical tradition as a property deserving leniency. V. Solovyov welcomed the “weakness of national egoism” as a promise of the great future, while V. Rozanov reacted sharply to the “wild and nowhere precedent” neglect of their own potential and fawning over foreign, and not the best, examples. The Russian intelligentsia of the turn of the 20th century opposed the “Asian” with the “European” principle (A. Chekhov) demanding observance of the sense of national pride (S. Frank). More recent psychological perceptions come to correlate with traditional philosophical ideas: about the provincial as a marginal, introvert, melancholic or choleric. To characterize the modern creator and the media space as a subject of mass representations, it should be noted that this space is non-homogeneous, chaotic, with trends of standardization covering, first of all, personal aspects of the activities of subjects, and as a result — the mass consciousness.


Russian self-consciousness, province, provinciality, philosophical tradition, actual perceptions, Russian culture, creative person, marginality, media space.


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