Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

PBC0288: belligerence

PBC288 connects the Volga River and the Volga region to a belligerent love of violent, anarchic liberty. Bolshevik poets picture a thundering, carefree Volga (W58, W98). In one instance the Volga is personified as a fighter who clenches her fists, whips another river (the Oka), and pounds a town (Vetluga) in the jaw, while she is also, oxymoronically, viewed as “our own mother” (W115).


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