Levitt, Markus (Marcus C. Levitt)
Vizual`naia Dominanta v Rossii XVIII Veka
[ Visual dominant in eighteenth-century Russia]
Transl. from English by A. Glebovskaia
Moscow: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2015
Serie: Ocherki vizual`nosti
pbk. 14 x 21.5 cm
Levitt shows the visual to have had deep indigenous roots in Russian Orthodox culture and theology, arguing that the visual played a crucial role in the formation of early modern Russian culture and identity. Levitt traces the early modern Russian quest for visibility from jubilant self-discovery, to serious reflexivity, to anxiety and crisis. The book examines verbal constructs of sight—in poetry, drama, philosophy, theology, essay, memoir—that provide evidence for understanding the special character of vision of the epoch. Levitt’s groundbreaking work represents both a new reading of various central and lesser known texts and a broader revisualization of eighteenth-century Russian culture.