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Environments of the Post-Reform Village

An Ecocritical Reading of Nekrasov’s Red-Nose Frost

J. Alexander Ogden    University of South Carolina, USA    

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Nikolaj Nekrasov’s Moroz, Krasnyj nos (Red-Nose Frost) (1863) focuses on the death and legacy of the peasant Prokl and the suffering and death from exposure of his widow Dar’ja. Some relevant issues from an ecocritical perspective – creatures, natural forces, and the natural world in general – are portrayed as sentient and accorded respect and agency; peasants in the poem are fully enmeshed in the natural world – not insulated or isolated; and Nekrasov displaces onto a peasant Other a connection with the natural world that has been lost by his implied audience of the urban elite.

Published
July 17, 2023
Accepted
June 13, 2023
Submitted
May 5, 2023
Language
EN

Keywords: FolklorePeasantsNekrasovMoroz, Krasnyj nosRed-Nose FrostEcocriticismEcological Indian

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