Il Paradosso Dello Spirito Russo: Piero Gobetti and the Genius of Liberal Revolution
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CitationRansome, Elizabeth. 2016. Il Paradosso Dello Spirito Russo: Piero Gobetti and the Genius of Liberal Revolution. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
AbstractThis dissertation examines Piero Gobetti’s activity as a student of Russian language and culture, and proposes that it be understood as a formative phase in a larger process of self-construction, through which Gobetti attempted to incarnate the ideal figure of the Genius.
Gobetti, an icon of the Italian antifascist resistance, has long been known to have nurtured a particular interest in Russian culture, but the details of his engagement with Russian language, literature and history have generally been left aside in discussions of his accomplishments, or presented as a response to the October revolution. Examination of Gobetti’s personal library, his published writings and correspondence, and the personal papers and correspondence left by his wife, Ada, reveals that Gobetti’s interest in Russia and Russian culture began before the October revolution, however, sparked by the discovery of literary heroes in whom he could see himself reflected. From these beginnings the dissertation traces the development of Gobetti’s Russian studies through language learning, literary translation and criticism to the historical study of the Russian revolutionary tradition, and proposes that the stages of Gobetti’s pursuit of the Russian spirit were driven by a search for images of genius which contributed, in turn, to a larger process of imaginative self-construction. Viewed in this light, Gobetti’s Russian studies appear integral to his life and work, and open a new perspective on his achievements and his heroic myth.
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