Bogoslovskii, Oblastnaia reforma Petra Velikogo: Provintsiia
, 1719-27 gg.
Anne, focusing on Russia's supposed provinciality, explains the importance of the provintsiia
trope, in which Russia's provincial places are characterized by an ambiguous, mixed-up temporality that reveals Russia itself to be neither "modern" nor straightforwardly "backward." Here the the provintsiia
trope, in Anne's mind, is a mishmash of objects, styles, words, and times.
Tropov, Revoliutsiia i provintsiia
: Mestnaia vlast' v Rossii (fevral-oktiabr' 1917g.) (St.
Casanova's provincial/cosmopolitan opposition seems to recapitulate Russia's stolitsa/ provintsiia binary, but in fact provintsiia in the Russian tradition has a much more complicated and ambiguous resonance than does "la province" in French, or terms like "periphery" in English.
In Russian, provintsiia designates the non-exotic, non-borderland, "native" spaces that are outside of and symbolically opposed to Petersburg and Moscow, all those nameless Gorod N s that literature most often represents as devoid of life and meaning.
The noun provintsiia entered Russian from Polish with Peter the Great's reforms, when it was used to designate a large administrative and territorial unit of the empire.
Jahrhundert)/ Lithuania and Ruthenia: Studies of a Transcultural Communication Zone (15th-18th Centuries) (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007), 7-33; Volodymyr Masliichuk, Provintsiia
na perekhresti kul'tur: Doslidzhennia z istorii Slobids'koi Ukrainy (Kharkiv: Kharkivs'skyi pryvatnyi muzei mis'koi sadyby, 2007); John Czaplicka, ed., "Lviv: A City in the Crossroads of Culture," special issue of Harvard Ukrainian Studies 24 (2000); and Paulus Adelsgruber, Laurie Cohen, and Borries Kuzmany, Getrennt und doch verbunden: Grenzstadte zwischen Osterreich und Russland, 1772-1918 (Vienna: Bohlau, 2011).
The term provintsiia
also seems worthy of use as a category of analysis, while Remnev makes the interesting point that the word "colony" was explicitly avoided in favor of "region" (krai, 403).
The field of semiotic "provincial studies" in Russian scholarship takes as its subject "the provinces (provintsiia) both as an object of ideological reflection and as a distinctive semiosphere producing its own discourses and texts." (9) Provincial studies emerged from the Lotman school of semiotics and applies methods first used to study the Petersburg text to the decoding of the "provincial text," which can mean either the image of the provinces as a whole or individual provinces.
Zaionts, "'Provintsiia' kak termin," in Russkaia provintsiia: Mif--tekst--real 'nost', ed.
By focusing on the special case of the Urals, Redin is able to go into even greater detail than could Pisar'kova about administrative organization and practice at the level of the province (provintsiia
), district (uezd or distrikt), and tax lot (dolia).
(10) For an attempt in this direction, see jean-Paul depretto, "Rabochie regiona i sovetskaia Vlast' (1928-1932 gg.)," in Obshchestvo i vlast[acute]: Rossiiskaia provintsiia
, 1917-1980-e gody, 2, ed.