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G. Kumanyaev


The Image of the City in the Visual Arts of Kuban


Kuban Graphics of the 19th – Early 20th Centuries: Features of Formation and Development

A.A. Kiselev


The Caucasus Landscapes of Alexander Kiselev: On Their Role in the Culture of the Region

Leading Article
Sacralization of the Cultural Memory of the Great Patriotic War in the Contemporary Russian Cinema

The study is supported by the Russian Science Foundation, Project No. 20-68-46013. The article analyzes the phenomenon of cultural memory presented in an aspect of sacralization. The research object is the contemporary national cinema in the aspect of the sacralization of the cultural memory of the Great Patriotic War. The author considers the content-related aspects of cultural memory, designates mechanisms and vectors of cultural memory sacralization in the contemporary Russian culture. 

Tatiana I. Erokhina

Young Scholars’ Platform
Themes, Plots and Characters in Bright Sheng’s Operas

The article is the first to consider the operatic works of the contemporary ChineseAmerican composer Bright Sheng (b. 1955). An attempt is made to comprehend the composer’s figurative and thematic preferences in the operatic genre that represent various branches of the musical and stage art of the postmodern era. The main aim of the study is to analyze the vectors of development of the composer’s operatic creativity. In Sheng’s works, one can observe a variety of cultural contexts associated with a wide range of his composing interests, as well as the stylistic integration of his work, representing a conglomerate of myths and historical narratives from European and Eastern traditions.

Cui Shuo

Young Scholars’ Platform
Heroes of American Comedy Films of the 1990s as a Reflection of the US Culture

The article presents the results of a study of the 1990s US comedy heroes as the embodiment of American culture. The aim of the study is achieved using a hermeneutic approach to cinematography with a subsequent analysis of the behavior and appearance of the typical heroes of US comedy films of the 1990s on the material of the films True Lies, Dumb and Dumber, and Liar, Liar. The study is based on a comparative method that allows correlating the movie characters, methods of analysis and synthesis. Relying on Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutic approach, the author interprets the actions of the film characters through the ideas of project, motive, agent, and intervention. The hermeneutic approach provides an opportunity for viewing comedy films as texts, and film characters as symbolic elements of cinematography.

Vladimir N. Bedenko

Young Scholars’ Platform
The Domestic Practice of Adapting Latin American Telenovelas (On the Example of Not Born Beautiful)

The article uses the example of the transformation of Latin American originals by structural and functional analysis to consider the principles of transferring the plot to a different cultural environment, their dependence on the local mentality. 

S.V. Luzyanin

Cultural studies
Images of Life and Death in the Folk Art Tradition оf the South of Russia (Based on the Material of the Folk Art Culture of Belgorod Oblast)

The article aims to consider the founding principles of the traditional Russian worldview through the images of life and death captured in the regional ornament. Being in many cases an actual continuation of the most important rituals of culture and a marker of their boundaries, the ornament today deserves an analysis of its value-based and visual structures at a new level.

Irina V. Shvedova

Cultural studies
The Problem of the Culturological Dimension of Sport as a Sociocultural Phenomenon

The article analyzes the current situation with the culturological scientific understanding of the sociocultural phenomenon of sport, and actualizes the related problems. Arousing the well-deserved researchers’ interest, this phenomenon is considered in the absence of justified methodological instruments in the field of culturological knowledge. In the various dimensions of sport proper, sociological, political, philosophical and many other approaches, the sociocultural phenomenon of sport acquires different, sometimes opposite meanings.

Mikhail K. Naidenko, Elizaveta A. Naidenko, Anna V. Tonkovidova

Cultural studies
The Cultural and Existential Situation of the “First Buddhism” and the Modern World

Modern humanity has entered an era of deep crisis. On the one hand, it reached unprecedented heights of civilization and culture, but, on the other hand, the limit of the very possibility of its further existence was openly revealed. The consciousness of the unattainability of world history has created a problematic situation, intensifying interest in the history of the spiritual culture of humankind. A special place in these searches is occupied by the worldview of the “first Buddhism”. The core of the Buddha’s teachings is the way to overcome the cycle of life and ensure the fusion of the personal human soul with the Universal. Having been knocked out of the caste-determined society and forever losing a return to the world of lost well-being, the Buddha understood that the main obstacle here is the karmically deterministic cycle of life. It was necessary to find means to overcome it. The Buddha finds these in spiritual self-improvement, ultimately ensuring the fusion of the personal human soul with the “breath of Cosmos”. 

Boris P. Borisov

Theory and History of Art
The Symbolic Portrait in the Works of Orest Kiprensky

The article considers three portraits by Orest Kiprensky painted in the 1820s: of Ekaterina Avdulina, of Alexander Golitsyn, and of Alexander Pushkin. The author analyzes their content and formal features. Taking into account the figurative complexity of these works, which differ from most portraits of that time, the author suggests that these portraits should be considered symbolic. The difference between allegory and symbol in the romantic era is briefly considered. The author tries to decipher the ideas of these works, identifies possible sources that influenced the creation of the portrait images. 

Yuri Yu. Gudymenko

Theory and History of Art
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov’s Activities in the Reflection of the National Culture the Turn of the 20th Century

The article aims to examine the activities of Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, a prominent figure in Russian culture and composer. In its main section, the multifaceted creative process of the composer is analyzed. He laid the foundations for a three-tier education cycle for professional musicians: school, college, university.

Tatyana V. Sorokina

Theory and History of Art
Interdisciplinary Synthesis of Theory and Practice in the Moulage Modeling of Costumes

The relevance of the topic lies in the importance of the skill of costume modeling, which contributes to the expansion of the boundaries of creative consciousness, the formation of the design conception, develops an understanding of form and space, a good eye and dexterity in creating elegant lines, fancy details and products. The authors conducted a study of the complex shape and cut of the dress from the Alexander McQueen collection by the moulage method of modeling on a mannequin. 

Irina N. Ivashchenko, Ulyana D. Vasenkova

Cultural Studies of Russian South is a quarterly Russian research journal. It was founded in 2002.

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