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Der Eherne ReiterPolitischer Barock und russische Revolution zwischen Puškin, Belyj und Benjamin

The essay, part of our forthcoming issue on „Topologies of Experience“, links the symbolic spaces of the Russian imperial capital St. Petersburg to the semantics of historical catastrophe explored by Walter Benjamin in his studies of German baroque and revolutionary Paris. Focusing on various literary appropriations of the „Bronze Horseman“, the equestrian statue of the city’s founder Peter the Great, the essay explores its evolving allegorical relationship to political crises from A. S. Pushkin to Andrei Bely, from the nineteenth century to the revolutionary era.