Guards Hussar and Sleeping Beauty: to the History of a Colonial Metaphor in Russia around 1900
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Guards Hussar and Sleeping Beauty: to the History of a Colonial Metaphor in Russia around 1900
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S207987840011073-9-1
DOI
10.18254/S207987840011073-9
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Article
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Published
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Evgeny Savitsky 
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Russian State University for the Humanities
Institute of World History RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract

The article examines the meaning of the “sleeping beauty” metaphor in the Russian imperial culture of the late 19th — early 20th centuries. An excerpt from the book “With the Troops of Menelik II” (1900) by the Russian officer, researcher of Africa Alexander Bulatovich (1870—1919) is considered as the main example, some other cases of using this metaphor are used for comparison.It is concluded that despite the existence in European culture since the 16th century of an established image of a conqueror seizing an uncharted land, which is visually represented as a reclining woman, references to the image of a “sleeping beauty” at the beginning of the 20th century do not necessarily mean it.This image can mean not only the need for external intervention, but also the ability to awaken independently. The dreamer's temporary weakness can serve as an excuse for the violence she herself does.In addition, attention is drawn to social differences in the use of this metaphor in Russian society at that time.

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Alexander Bulatovitch, Russia, Abyssinia, Ethiopia, sleeping beauty, metaphor, colonization, orientalism
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16.08.2020
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30.09.2020
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