March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 41 March 2013

History of architecture

Steklova Irina A.

PhD (Art Studies), Associate Professor,
Penza State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering,
Penza, Russia, e-mail: i_steklo60@mail.ru



The article is an attempt to reconstruct the early 19th century ideas concerning the history of architecture of Saint-Petersburg in the context of notions appearing in the poetic, prosaic, publicistic texts of Alexander Pushkin. Actual architectural spaces are compared with their literary interpretations. The article draws a reciprocal connection between the architectural environment and its actors. The main characters of the novel "Eugene Onegin" are shown as conductors, carriers and direct creators of this northern capital’s character. Drawing on her analysis of architectural and art compositions and philological and philosophical examination, the author establishes a balance between the reconstruction of exterior and interior spaces of Saint-Petersburg in 1820-1824 and the modelling of meanings in the perception of those spaces. The poetic text sets a context for unravelling how the literary characters and the author yielded to the effects of the city through specific spatial circumstances and its architectural materiality and were drawn into emotional experiences associated with its variable and diverse forms.


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Key words: architectural environment, the architectural semantics, Pushkin St. Petersburg

Russian text of this article

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