THE HERMITAGE SALON OF CATHERINE II BETWEEN FRENCH SALONS AND RUSSIAN ACADEMY

Abstract: 

The article studies the peculiarities of the Hermitage Salon of Catherine II which was founded on the model of French salons, but at the same time it was created as a parody of the regulations of the Russian Academy. The central point of the discussions was the reforming of Russian. According to Catherine’s idea the salon had to create a new model of tsarina’s relations with some of her nobility based on free intellectual game.

Key words: 

the Hermitage salon, parody polemics, reforms of literary language, liberation of nobility

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