Biblical Motives In The Myth Construction About The Heroic Defense Of Sevastopol


The paper is devoted to the analysis of military-publicistic discourse of the second half of the 19th century in which the heroes’ pantheon of Sevastopol defense was created. We are interested in commemorative practices or ways in which the memory of the past including the processes of fragmentation and stereotyping of outlived experience is fixed, preserved, and transmitted in society. The research subject is the expressive means of language at all levels (nomadic plots, symbols and special vocabulary) in publications of magazines, memoirs of participants in the events and brochures intended for the patriotic education of “lower ranks”, children and nation. The paper shows the criteria and methods for the selection of specific persons for the illustration to descendants and inclusion in the list that we have called the heroic canon of the Crimean War. Given the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church on public and private life of that era, Christian archetypal motives and images were in the focus of research. Extensive borrowings from nomadic gospel stories which, contributed to the glorification of selected representatives of social groups who stood up to defend the city, are shown in the paper. The research methodology is based on the principles of an interdisciplinary approach to the studied phenomena with the inclusion of elements of discourse analysis, content analysis, and narrative analysis. The result of the study is the comprehension of archetypal attitudes of national consciousness and the implementation of these attitudes in mass literature and journalism describing military exploits and sacrifices.

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Ershov, Y. M., & Cherepanova, T. V. (2021). Biblical Motives In The Myth Construction About The Heroic Defense Of Sevastopol. In D. K. Bataev, S. A. Gapurov, A. D. Osmaev, V. K. Akaev, L. M. Idigova, M. R. Ovhadov, A. R. Salgiriev, & M. M. Betilmerzaeva (Eds.), Social and Cultural Transformations in The Context of Modern Globalism, vol 117. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 1985-1991). European Publisher.