Date of Submission

Fall 2011

Academic Program

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literature

Project Advisor 1

Marina Kostalevsky

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Ambiguity is a word that implies uncertainty and doubt, obscurity and indistinctness, and the possibility of viewing something from many angles. Each of these concepts are most often viewed in a negative light, especially when clarity is valued above all else, but does not each of these concepts also describe the world we live in? And in dealing with the real world, with humanity, with existence itself is it not vital, even for the sake of clarity, to recognize and accept that ambiguity is inseparable from truth? Andrei Bely’s novel, Petersburg (1913-1914), immerses the reader in the ambiguity of his own experience of the 1905 revolution and fin-de-siècle Russia. In this project, I intend to discuss the ambiguity of content and form in this novel and the legacy of ambiguity from which it stems.

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