Vol 3, No 3 (2022)

Cultura & Society

Specificities of the Urban Identity of Industrial City Residents in the Southern Urals (Based on the Materials of a Mass Survey)

Shub M.L.


The research deals with the comprehension of urban identity. On the one hand, this phenomenon is understood as a set of authentic features and characteristics (inherent in a particular city) that perform an attributive function and reveal the specificity of the phenomenon. On the other hand, urban identity is considered as both the process and result of a particular person’s identification with the city, which is associated with an acceptance of the local identity and is accompanied by an emotional self-inclusion into the realm of both object and symbolic urban environment. The main results of the research of the urban identity of residents of several industrial cities in the Southern Urals (such as Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk, Zlatoust, Ozyorsk, Karabash, and Satka), performed through a mass survey of 1050 people, are presented in the article.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):13-20
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Culture & Text

The Functional Role of Colloquial Syntax Elements in Tatyana Tolstaya’s Novel Kys

Baknina T.V.


The article deals with a contextual analysis of one chapter in the novel Kys’ by Tatyana Tolstaya, a contemporary Russian writer. The linguistic peculiarity of this work is shown together with the importance and role of certain elements of colloquial syntax (such as incomplete sentences, syntactic parallelism, rhetorical questions, repeats, etc.). Specific ways and techniques of transforming syntactic units from a neutral plane of an utterance to an expressively emotional one are revealed on concrete examples. Arguments are provided that the functions of the colloquial syntax elements in the novel are to create a comical effect, to strengthen the emotionality of both the characters and the text in general, to organize the speech rhythm, as well as to reveal both the protagonists’ inner world and an aesthetic atmosphere of this unusual work.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):23-29
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Arts & Сulture

Conversations of the “Gallant” Era. Harmonic Features of Italian Vocal Duets and Dialogues in the Music of the First Half of the 17th Century

Popova M.M.


The article deals with two genres of Italian vocal music of the beginning of the 17th century: the duet and the dialogue. The preconditions of their emergence and stylistic differences are revealed based on the principles of expressing poetic texts in music. This difference manifests itself most fully in the harmonic solution of a vocal piece, so special attention is paid to both the poetic text and its musical expression; in so doing, certain regularities of the musical-poetic formal structure are revealed, illustrated by analytical essays as exemplified by two vocal pieces of the stated time period.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):33-50
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Artistic Representations of the World of Childhood in Russia’s Nineteenth-Century Fine Art

Zaytseva I.A., Kuznetsova M.E., Samsonova I.V.


A “visual turn” toward the phenomenon of childhood took place during the time of Romanticism, which was clearly expressed in portrait painting. Representation of children’s artistic images was particularly characteristic for Russia’s painting tradition in the 19th century. The article deals with the semiotical, historical and cultural specificities of both perception and interpretation of the world of childhood, which were typical for Russia’s art of that period. As a result of the study, the authors conclude that an entire spectrum of children’s feelings and complex emotional experiences became the subject of artistic projections in Russia’s nineteenth-century painting.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):51-60
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Book Culture

Women’s Role in the Foundation and Development of Private Libraries During the Second Half of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Centuries (Based on the Materials from the Upper Volga Area)

Solovyov A.A.


The article deals with little-studied issues related to the role of women, who represented various social classes, in the foundation and development of private libraries in three provinces of the Upper Volga area during the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. As exemplified by the Vladimir, Kostroma and Yaroslavl Provinces, women’s contribution to the foundation of libraries in both urban and rural areas has been studied. Based on numerous archival materials from today’s Russian regions, the author concludes that private libraries founded upon women’s initiative at the beginning of the 20th century were one of the significant components of the library realm in the Upper Volga area.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):63-70
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Book Culture of the Germans of the Crimean ASSR in the Aspect of the National Policy of the Region During the 1920s–30s

Pirozhkova T.V.


The book culture of the Germans of the Crimean ASSR is of interest for the researchers of the regional history, culture and national policy. The article deals with the system of supplying the republic’s German population with printed products during the 1920s–30s. The channels of national literature supply to the Crimean Autonomous SSR, the degree of supplying German schools and political-educational institutions with it, as well as the level of literacy and education of the Crimean Germans during the reviewed period, are analyzed. The formation of local traditions of German-language publishing and its share in the production of the Crimean State Publishing House are shown. The facts proving a low level of supply of national literature to the Germans of the Crimean ASSR, as well as narrowness of its topics, are given; the reasons for these phenomena are analyzed.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):71-86
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Documentary heritage & bibliography

Terpsikhora Strany Sovetov (“Terpsichore of the Soviet Country”): From Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga (“The International Book”) to the Iskusstvo (“Art”) Publishing House

Boldyreva O.P., Chizh I.S.


On the basis of some documents from the collections of both the Bakhrushin State Central Museum of Theatre, the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art and the Russian State Art Library’s Department of Archival Materials, the history of preparing an unimplemented edition on the Soviet ballet is examined. Four versions of the manuscript Terpsikhora strany sovetov (“Terpsichore of the Soviet Country”), written by N.D. Volkov and Yu.I. Slonimsky in 1939–43, are described in the article. Changes in both the structure and the content of the unpublished monograph are traced, as well as its connection with these authors’ later projects is shown.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):89-99
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Sergey Aksakov, the First Professional Composer from Samara

Semenov V.T.


The article contains a description of the life and work of S.S. Aksakov, the first composer from Samara and an outstanding representative of a famous noble family who has left rich musical and pedagogical legacy. The educator’s activities in both China and the USSR are considered. A contribution of teachers of the Samara State Institute of Culture to the popularizing of S.S. Aksakov’s oeuvre through the holding of concerts and conferences, as well as through the carrying out of scholarly publications, is shown.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):103-110
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A Conversation about the Meanings and Mission of Culture at the Time of Social Turbulence

Ionesov V.I., Khrenov N.A.


The editorial board of journal presents a conversation between Prof. V.I. Ionesov, Doctor of Culture Studies (the Samara State Institute of Culture), and Prof. N.A. Khrenov, Doctor of Philosophy (the Moscow State Institute of Art Studies), discussing various aspects of historical and contemporary transformations of culture together with the change of its life cycles, as well as its social and artistic paradigms. Special features of the cultural code are considered in the context of Russia’s intellectual traditions; the roles of art, of symbolic practices, and of the dialog of cultures are substantiated in the context of a changing world. The meanings of such concepts as “the leader of culture,” “the driver of culture,” “social myth-making,” “transitional processes,” “visual communication,” and “art transformation” are revealed.

Sphere of culture. 2022;3(3):114-128
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