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By Irene Masing-Delic

The assumption of abolishing loss of life used to be essentially the most influential myth-making recommendations expressed in Russian literature from 1900 to 1930, specifically within the works of writers who attributed a "life-modeling" functionality to paintings. To them, paintings used to be to create a existence so aesthetically equipped and excellent that immortality will be an inevitable final result. this concept used to be reflected within the considered a few who believed that the political revolution of 1917 might result in a revolution in easy existential evidence: particularly, the idea that communism and the accompanying increase of technology might eventually manage to bestow actual immortality and to resurrect the lifeless. in keeping with one version, for instance, the useless have been to be resurrected via extrapolation from the lines in their hard work left within the fabric global. the writer reveals the seeds of this impressive suggestion within the erosion of conventional faith in late-nineteenth-century Russia. stimulated by means of the hot energy of medical inquiry, humankind appropriated quite a few divine attributes one by one, together with omnipotence and omniscience, yet ultimately even aiming towards the conclusion of person, actual immortality, and hence meaning to equality with God. Writers as diversified because the "decadent" Fyodor Sologub, the "political" Maxim Gorky, and the "gothic" Nikolai Ognyov created works for making mortals into gods, reworking the uncooked fabrics of present fact into legend. The booklet first outlines the ideological context of the immortalization undertaking, significantly the impression of the philosophers Fyodorov and Solovyov. the rest of the e-book contains shut readings of texts by way of Sologub, Gorky, Blok, Ognyov, and Zabolotsky. Taken jointly, the works yield the "salvation software" that tells humans find out how to abolish loss of life and stay perpetually in an everlasting, self-created cosmos―gods of a legend that was once made attainable by means of inventive artists, resourceful scientists, and encouraged employees.

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The transgressive nature of their relationship—not entirely subordinated by notions of servitude and slavery—is in fact sanctioned by the signs of providence. That is, theirs is a sacred relationship that is one more sign from providence that justifies Crusoe’s protracted colonization of the island and his economic success as a gift from God. Indeed, Crusoe continues to flourish after he rescues Friday. First Crusoe and Friday rescue honorable Spaniards, and then Crusoe is able to create his own little “kingdom,” a homosocial world in which gendered difference is entirely absent from representations of human relationships (240–41).

See, for example, Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, vol. 1, An Introduction, trans. Robert Hurley (New York: Vintage Books, 1978), esp. 103–14. The Sublimation of Desire 19 6. See the following critics who often observe a master/slave dichotomy in Robinson Crusoe: Timothy Blackburn, “Friday’s Religion,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 18, no. 1 (spring 1985); Richard Braverman, “Crusoe’s Legacy,” Studies in the Novel 18, no. 1 (spring 1986): 1–28; Edith Clowes, “The Robinson Myth Reread in Postcolonial and Postcommunist Modes,” Critique 36, no.

Hunter, The Reluctant Pilgrim: Defoe’s Emblematic Method and Quest for Form in Robinson Crusoe (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1966), x. See also Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957), 60–92. Paula Backscheider, Maximillian E. Novak, and John J. Richetti, among others, all tend to focus on the island. Backsheider, Daniel Defoe: His Life (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989); Novak, Realism, Myth, and History in Defoe’s Fiction (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983); Richard Phillips, Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure (London: Routledge, 1997); Richetti, Defoe’s Narratives (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975); Michael Seidel, Robinson Crusoe: Island Myths and the Novel (Boston: Twayne, 1991).

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