Russian Experimental Fiction: Resisting Ideology after Utopia


"A valuable book that offers to American readers new and sometimes exciting cultural and literary material, which remains largely unknown outside Russia."—Boris Gasparov, University of California, Berkeley

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"A valuable book that offers to American readers new and sometimes exciting cultural and literary material, which remains largely unknown outside Russia."—Boris Gasparov, University of California, Berkeley

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"Clowes advances the provacative hypothosis that the certain recent Russian novels constitute a special category of 'meta-utopian' works by virtue of their playful skepticism toward political and social 'realities' of the past, present, and future. . . Clowes' highly theorectical study has much to offer."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691608105
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration and Translation
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Experimental Fiction Against Ideological Fixation
Ch. 1 Meta-utopian Writing: The Problem of Utopia as Ideology 3
Ch. 2 Publishing the Dystopian Heritage: The Glasnost Debate about Literary Experiment and Utopian Ideology 25
Pt. 2 The Meta-Utopian Experiment in Fiction: Elements of Literary and Ideological Reanimation
Ch. 3 Charting Meta-utopia: Chronotopes of Disorientation 41
Ch. 4 Science, Ideology, and the Structure of Meta-utopian Narrative 70
Ch. 5 The Meta-utopian Language Problem, or Utopia as a Bump on a -log- 94
Ch. 6 Meta-utopian Consciousness 122
Pt. 3 The Reader in the Text: Popularizing the Meta-Utopian Mentality
Ch. 7 Making Meta-utopia Accessible: Zinoviev's The Radiant Future 145
Ch. 8 Utopia, Imagination, and Memory: The Strugatsky Brothers' The Ugly Swans, Tendriakov's A Potshot at Mirages, and Aksenov's The Island of Crimea 162
Ch. 9 Parody of Popular Forms in Iskander's Rabbits and Boa Constrictors and Voinovich's Moscow 2042 183
Ch. 10 Play with Closure in Petrushevskaia's "The New Robinsons" and Kabakov's "The Deserter" 198
Conclusion: The Utopian Impulse after 1968: Russian Meta-utopian Fiction in a European Context 208
Bibliography 223
Index 233
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