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A Philo-Semitic Narrative in the Anti-Semitic Discourse: The Case of Vyacheslav Ivanov

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Vyacheslav Ivanov discourse was built in a suprapersonal way, as a speech devoted to the eternal, divine and transpersonal Truth. The Truth for Ivanov was not a rational concept but a myth contained in ancient religious traditions. As Lev Shestov profoundly and fairly noted, Ivanov aspired to express not his personal thoughts and feelings, but the Truth had ordered him to think and feel. Ivanov's attitude clearly reflects traits of a traditional Russian imposture. Ivanov's text-generation process was not only aimed at creation of new texts within the established discourse space of Russian literature, but also at inducement of new, external discourses. Ivanov's narrative on the Judeo-Christian relationships is expressly Philo-Semitic in its subjective intention. It is the narrative of why Christians are supposed to, and, with rare exceptions, do love Jews. The discourse this narrative is submerged into reveals fundamental elements of the Anti-Semitic discourse of the Christian Church.

Keywords: anti-Semitic practice; Christian Church; Judeo-Christian relationships; Lev Shestov; Philo-Semitic narrative; Russian literature; Vyacheslav Ivanov

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