Kraevedenie (local studies) is a disciplinary tradition that in Russia dates back to the early twentieth century. Practitioners of kraevedenie investigate local areas, study the ways human society and the environment affect each other, and decipher the semiotics of space. They deconstruct urban myths, analyze the conventions governing the depiction of specific regions and towns in works of art and literature, and dissect both outsider and insider perceptions of local population groups. Practitioners of kraevedenie helped develop and popularize the Russian guidebook as a literary form.
Johnson traces the history of kraevedenie, showing how St. Petersburg–based scholars and institutions have played a central role in the evolution of the discipline. Distinguished from obvious Western equivalents such as cultural geography and the German Heimatkunde by both its dramatic history and unique social significance, kraevedenie has, for close to a hundred years, served as a key forum for expressing concepts of regional and national identity within Russian culture.
How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself is published in collaboration with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University as part of its Studies of the Harriman Institute series.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsContents
List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration and Translations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction Ways of Knowing: Russian Local Studies as an Identity Discipline
1. The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Tradition
2. The Art Journals of the Silver Age, St. Petersburg Preservationism, and the Guidebook
3. Old Petersburg After the Revolution
4. The Excursion Movement and Excursion Methodology
5. Excursion Primers and Literary Tours
6. Kraevedenie in St. Petersburg
7. Literary Kraevedenie