Rites of Place

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2910-8
Publication Date
August 2013
Page Count
348 pages
Trim Size
6.125 x 9.25

Rites of Place

Public Commemoration in Russia and Eastern Europe
Julie Buckler and Emily D Johnson

Ranging widely across time and geography, Rites of Place is to date the most comprehensive and diverse example of memory studies in the field of Russian and East European studies. Leading scholars consider how public rituals and the commemoration of historically significant sites facilitate a sense of community, shape cultural identity, and promote political ideologies. The aims of this volume take on unique importance in the context of the tumultuous events that have marked Eastern European history‚ÄĒespecially the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, World War II, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. With essays on topics such as the founding of St. Petersburg, the battle of Borodino, the Katyn massacre, and the Lenin cult, this volume offers a rich discussion of the uses and abuses of memory in cultures where national identity has repeatedly undergone dramatic shifts and remains riven by internal contradictions.

About the Author

Julie Buckler is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard University. She is the author of Mapping St. Petersburg: Imperial Text and Cityshape (2005) and The Literary Lorgnette: Attending Opera in Imperial Russia (2000).


Emily D. Johnson is an associate professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at University of Oklahoma. She is the author of How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie (2006).