National Identity in Russian Culture: An Introduction / Edition 1

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The question of national identity has long been a vexing one in Russia, and is particularly pertinent in the post-Soviet period. Designed for students of Russian literature, culture and history, this collection of essays explores aspects of national identity in Russian culture from medieval times to the present.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The title of this collection of 11 essays captures well its purpose, which is to offer 'an introduction to cultural discourses of Russian national identity.'" W.G. Moss, Eastern Michigan University, CHOICE

"The editors present an extremely useful collection of essays on many aspects of our perceptions of "Russia", "Russian", "Russians" and "Russianness". This book is extremely clearly structured, something which helps considerably given the immensity of the task and the ever-increasing range of the bibliography. As such, it is suitable for a wide readership, particularly students." Forum for Modern Language Studies

"Simon Franklin and Emma Widdis have conceived this excellent book to accomplish two goals: to provide and accessible overview of the theme of national identity in Russian cultural history and to offer nuanced case studies of how "notions of national identity function in cultural practice"(xii).
Carol J. Avins, Rutgers University, Slavic Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521024297
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,393,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Frankin is Reader in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Emergence of Rus 750-1200 (with Jonathan Shepard, 1996).

Emma Widdis is Lecturer in Russian at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Visions of a New Land: Soviet Film from the Revolution to the Second World War (2003).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; 1. 'All the Russias …?' Simon Franklin and Emma Widdis; Part I. Identities in Time and Space: 2. Russia in time Simon Franklin; 3. Russia as space Emma Widdis; Part II. Contrastive Identities: 'Us' and 'Them': 4. 'Us': Russians on Russianness Hubertus F. Jahn; 5. 'Them': Russians on foreigners Anthony Cross; Part III. 'Essential' Identities: 6. Identity and religion Simon Franklin; 7. Music of the soul? Marina Frolova-Walker; 8. Identity in language Boris Gasparov; 9. Byt: identity and everyday life Catriona Kelly; Part IV. Symbols of Identity: 10. Monuments and identity Lindsey Hughes; 11. 'Pushkin' and identity Stephanie Sandler; Afterword; Notes; Selected further reading in English; Index.

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