„V Oděse se dobře žije“ : Cestopisné a protoetnografické obrazy města a jeho obyvatel v 19. století
The study is concerned with travelogue and proto-ethnographic works from the first half of 19th century that focus on the metropolis of the Novorossiya south, the then recently founded Odessa. The authors of these texts, Western European and Central European visitors to the city, perceived Odessa as a specific, architecturally and economically developing urban complex characterized by fast growth and increasing wealth. In addition to the general characteristics of the city, the researched texts also uncovered protoethnographically oriented information dealing not only with the various local ethno-confession groups but also with the everyday culture of urban residents. The authors of the works recognized Odessa as a city where a new social entity was being formed, a city whose inhabitants could be perceived as an autonomous and fullyfledged subject of meta-layered interest. In conclusion, the study formulates a thesis that this proto-ethnographic literature could correspond with the beginnings of the formation of “the Odessa myth” that was inspired by the initial rapid development of the city and a number of special turns of events that accompanied this development.