Keywords: Gogol, religious philosophy, Slavophiles, Decembrists, conservatism, monarchism, Nikolay Karamzin, Alexander Pushkin, Vissarion Belinsky.
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Voropaev V. A.  Nikolai Gogol as a political thinker // Two centuries of the Russian classics, 2020, vol. 2, № 4, pp. 74–85. (In Russ.) DOI 

Author: Vladimir A. Voropaev
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Vladimir A. Voropaev, DSc in Philology, Professor of the Department of the History of Russian Literature, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1, 11999, Moscow, Russia

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Received: October 22, 2020
Published: December 8, 2020
Issue: 2020 Volume 2 No. 4
Department: Russian literature XVIII and XIX centuries
Pages: 74-85
UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"

Abstract: Nikolai Gogol's political thought was conservative. All questions of life – everyday, social, state, literary – had a religious and moral meaning for him. Recognising and accepting the existing order of things, he strove to change society through the transformation of human. The historical and political views of Nikolai Gogol are close to the views of Nikolay Karamzin and the Slavophiles. At the same time, he remained unsurpassed in the religious perception of the West. According to Vasiliy Zen’kovsky, no one else had such a deep direct feeling of the religious untruth of that time. In his interpretation of Russia as a theocratic state, Nikolai Gogol was at odds with Nikolay Karamzin and Alexander Pushkin, but the former was in solidarity with the latters in the sympathies for the nobility as an educated class. Nikolai Gogol came close to the main themes of Russian religious philosophy. He became the first representative of the deep and tragic religious and moral aspiration that had permeated Russian literature in the subsequent decades. The ideal of the churching of Russian life put forward by him is still profoundly significant for Russia to this day. Creators such as Nikolai Gogol, in their meaning in history, in words are similar to the Holy Hierarchs in Orthodoxy.


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