Wilson Center Experts

Olga Matich

Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Professor, University of Southern California
Wilson Center Project(s):
Love as a Cultural Concept in Russian Utopianism from 1860-1940
Sep 01, 1991
May 01, 1992

Project Summary

Offers a history of ’love’ in Russian utopianism from 1860-1940, with emphasis on the turn-of-the-century. Combines literary and philosophical texts that define the utopian conceptions of love with history of erotic and familial relations among the intelligentsia. Claims that the conscious construction of the private life, especially in the erotic sphere, is central to materialist and spiritual utopianism, showing that the two are linked despite the differences. Contributes to Russian cultural history from the perspective of private life.