Post-modernist interpretation of a city or Kazan’s body in the modern tones Cover Image

Постмодернисткая интерпретация города или тело казани в современных тонах
Post-modernist interpretation of a city or Kazan’s body in the modern tones

Author(s): Elena Ludvigovna Iakovleva
Subject(s): Metaphysics, Semiology, Social Philosophy, Rural and urban sociology, Ontology
Published by: Издатель Наталья Докучаева
Keywords: interpretation; body of a city; metaphysical experience; metaphor; living being; artificial; natural; feminine; kalfak; the Kazan Kremlin;

Summary/Abstract: The research object is the interpretation of a city space emerging from the metaphysical and metaphorical experience of a person, where interfere the living and the lifeless, the natural and the artificial, the real and the imagined. A person, opening up a city, makes its space close or far, friendly or alien, clear or unclear, thus appropriating it and reflecting upon the binary opposition promoting the crystallization of the image of the Motherland and the sense of patriotism. The perception of a city happens simultaneously through the intellectual, emotional, and intuitive components including the motion/visual/tactile/acoustical/olfactory experience. The city’s body metaphor appears in the result of the perception of the city as a living, spirited being with anthropomorphic features. The metaphorical character of perception of the city contains the gender difference: each city is a symbol of the male or the female principle endowing it with additional features. Depending on the season or the time of day, and the circumstances or the frame of mind, the city, along with the objective being, is endowed with the subjective being depending on the personality of the interpreter. The opened up or appropriated city space affects the subconscious, the conscious, the way of thinking and acting of a person helping him or her manifest his or her life.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 68-75
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Russian