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Conference | Paper

"You are no Titans!" The Acute Relevance of a Seemingly Peripheral Motive

Michail Maiatsky

Thursday 23 May 2024

09:45 - 10:30


In the general context of secularisation, titanism appears as a neo-pagan element of para- (or anti-)Christian mythology, interacting and competing with the Christian doctrine of Providence and, in an extended sense, with the established social and political order. Starting from Romantic titanism, I will trace at several points the revolutionary and then conservative-revolutionary lineage of Russian and Soviet titanism: Marx's Prometheism, the Russian reception of Nietzsche, Golosovker's vision of titans, Losev's rejection of Renaissance titanism, the Soviet transformation of the titan into a trickster, and, finally, Dmitri Bykov's reading of the current war through the figure of the titan as a post-Christian saviour.