Keywords: Orthodoxy, monasticism, monastery, Slavophilism, Christian ideal
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Vikhrova N. N. I. S. Aksakov about monasteries and monasticism (onmaterials of the correspondence with his wife). Two centuries of the Russian classics, 2019, vol. 1, № 2, pp. 78–93. (In Russ.) DOI 10.22455/2686-7494-2019-1-2-78-93

Author: Vikhrova N. N.
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Nina N. Vikhrova, PhD in Philology, docent, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, B. St. Petersburgskaya, 41 173003 Veliky Novgorod, Russia

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Received: 27.10.2019
Published: 10.12.2019
Issue: 2019 Vol. 1 №2
Department: Russian literature XVIII and XIX centuries
Pages: 78-93
DOI: 10.22455/2686-7494-2019-1-2-78-93
UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"

Article is executed within work on project “Letters of A. F. Tyutcheva (Aksakova) to I. S. Aksakov (1865–1886): preparation of the commented edition of correspondence” №18–012–00419  with financial support of the RFBR

Abstract: I. S. Aksakov's correspondence with his wife is a full-fledged source for characterizing his views on the widest range of issues. Due to the fact that  they were deeply and confidently religious people, religious themes and issues are widely represented in their epistolary heritage. The materials of correspondence, which are touching  the  issues about the role and significance of the institution of monasticism, demonstrates that I. Aksakov welcomed its undoubted spiritual and educational and even state-forming role in Russian history. But he considered  its official position in the synodal period to be rigid and not quite in line with the Christian ideal. At the same time, the Aksakovs were unanimous in recognizing the monasteries as the traditional centers of the heart of true holiness and spiritual feat of individuals.


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