"Les Estivants", des gens de passage

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Christakis Christofi


Summerfolk by M. Gorky takes place in the historical and social context preceding the First Russian Revolution. The author presents upper and middle-class characters on a summer vacation. In the dachas (secondary houses in the countryside), the characters’ way of life is reminiscent of the Pre-Revolution period. The summer atmosphere is dreary, imbued with a socio-political message, and provokes the need for a new start for the holiday makers at the end of the holidays and, to a greater extent a general change in the country. A summer vacation place, the dachas, hosts a drama, both individual and collective, associated with a blurry transitional moment. Summer visitors embody this confusion by having difficulties in shaping a future perspective. Thereafter, the summer period metaphorizes a transition, the necessity of the passage into action inferring a collective awareness for a new dynamic start.

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Christofi, C. (2022). "Les Estivants", des gens de passage. Imaginaires, (24), 67-86. https://doi.org/10.34929/imaginaires.vi24.37
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Author Biography

Christakis Christofi, University of Cyprus

Christakis Christofi studied Plastic Arts at the University of Aix-Marseille, where he attained a Licence and a Master of Plastic Arts degree. He also studied Modern French Literature at the same university and acquired a Licence and a Master’s degree in this field. He obtained a PhD in Arts and Human Sciences from the same university. Christofi is a Lecturer at the University of Cyprus since 2019. He published many critical works concerning theory and literary, artistic, and theatre practices.