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Writing at Russia's Borders

Katya Hokanson

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ISBN 10: 080209306X / ISBN 13: 9780802093066
Editorial: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2008
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Título: Writing at Russia's Borders

Editorial: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON, Canada

Año de publicación: 2008

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:As New

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It is often assumed that cultural identity is determined in a country's metropolitan centres. Given Russia's long tenure as a geographically and socially diverse empire, however, there is a certain distillation of peripheral experiences and ideas that contributes just as much to theories of national culture as do urban-centred perspectives. Writing at Russia's Border argues that Russian literature needs to be reexamined in light of the fact that many of its most important nineteenth-century texts are peripheral, not in significance but in provenance.

Katya Hokanson makes the case that the fluid and ever-changing cultural and linguistic boundaries of Russia's border regions profoundly influenced the nation's literature, posing challenges to stereotypical or territorially based conceptions of Russia's imperial, military, and cultural identity. A highly canonical text such as Pushkin's Eugene Onegin (1831), which is set in European Russia, is no less dependent on the perspectives of those living at the edges of the Russian Empire than is Tolstoy's The Cossacks (1863), which is explicitly set on Russia’s border and has become central to the Russian canon. Hokanson cites the influence of these and other periphera texts as proof that Russia's national identity was dependent upon the experiences of people living in the border areas of an expanding empire. Produced at a cultural moment of contrast and exchange, the literature of the periphery represented a negotiation of different views of Russian identity, an ingredient that was ultimately essential even to literature produced in the major cities.

Writing at Russia's Border upends popular ideas of national cultural production and is a fascinating study of the social implications of nineteenth-century Russian literature.

About the Author:

Katya Hokanson is an associate professor in the Comparative Literature Program and Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oregon.

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