"Baer’s immensely readable volume adds greatly to the scholarship on post-Soviet culture as well as gender and sexuality studies; his original and incisive analysis uncovers the ways in which discussions about (Russian) homosexuality signify the Russian populace’s eclectic attempts to construct a post-Soviet identity and aesthetic."--The Russian Review
“Other Russias is a fascinating study of the significance of homosexuality in post-Soviet Russian culture…In this first major study of homosexuality in Russian culture, Baer deftly negotiates the complexity of cross-cultural studies of homosexuality, avoiding the pitfalls of projections onto an Orientalized other and allowing Russian cultural motifs to speak on their own terms and in their own language.”--Kevin Moss, Professor of Russian, Middlebury College and editor of Out of the Blue: Russia’s Hidden Gay Literature.
“With restless curiosity, Baer entertains as he tells us what homosexuality means in contemporary Russian culture. Other Russias explores not only what a globalizing Western eye has made of queerness in Moscow (and beyond), but what Russians themselves have made of the sexual ‘other’ in their midst. Baer’s intelligent readings of post-Soviet high- and low-brow literature and films show how homosexuality has become an essential element in fictions of national collapse, a talisman of gender identities and literary conventions in flux. Baer’s chapter on the comeback--after 74 years in the Soviet close--of Russia’s ‘spiritual homosexual’ restores a long-lost cultural type to the map of European culture. This book will be essential reading for all queer studies enthusiasts.”--Dan Healey, Swansea University and author of Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia
“Through a close reading of post-Soviet literature and film, Baer illuminates the complexities of changing assumptions about homosexuality in contemporary Russia. A fascinating illustration of the ways in which historical and cultural specificities create new ways of understanding sexuality, and a warning against too easy assumptions about sexual freedoms in twenty first century Russia.”--Dennis Altman, Professor and Convenor of Politics, La Trobe University and author of Global Sex and Homosexual
"Baer has written a groundbreaking study of the discourse surrounding homosexuality as a reflection of Russian post-Soviet identity from the late 1980s through the Putin presidency. Effectively deploying historical and geographical frameworks, the author juxtaposes inherently Russian associations to the notion of homosexuality as a Western import that threatens Russian male identity. Essential"--CHOICE