Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism

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eration of colonies. For all its admirable concern with the evils of communism, Cancer Ward is also an artistic expression of the compulsion to conquer and retain the colonies that has so marred Russian history. While the late President Mitterand traveled a long way after he had made that statement, there is no indication that Solzhenitsyn, let alone Aleksin, have followed suit.


NOTES
1.
Said, Culture and Imperialism, 175.
2.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Rakovyi korpus, Sobranie sochinenii, vol. 4 ( Paris: YMCA Press, 1979). All quotations in the text are from this edition unless otherwise indicated.
3.
Abraham Rothberg, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Major Novels ( Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ. Press, 1971).
5.
Edward A. Allworth, The Modern Uzbeks: From the Fourteenth Century to the Present ( Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1990), 200-201;and Seton-Watson, 442 ff.
6.
M. Vakhabov, Tashkent v period trekh revoliutsii ( Tashkent: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo Uzbekskoi SSR, 1957), 8-9; and H. B. Paksoy, "Muslims in the Russian Empire: Response to Conquest", Studies in Comparative Communism19, nos. 3-4 (Autumn/Winter 1986).
7.
Seton-Watson, 443-44; Richard A. Pierce, Russian Central Asia 1867-1917. A Study in Colonial Rule ( Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press, 1960); and Robert J. Kaiser, "Ethnic Demography and Interstate Relations in Central Asia", in Roman Szporluk , ed., National Identity and Ethnicity in Russia and the New States of Eurasia (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1994), 230-65.
8.
Vakhabov, 22.
9.
N. S. Gumilëv, Sobranie sochineni, edited by G. P. Struve and V. Filippov ( Washington, DC: V. Kamkin, 1962-68).
10.
E. M. Thompson, "N. S. Gumilev and the Russian Ideology", Nikolaj Gumiley, 1886-1986, edited by Sheelagh Graham ( Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Slavic Specialties, 1987).
11.
Pushkin, Polnoe sobranie sochinenii, vol. 6 ( Moscow: Nauka, 1964), 641. Aleksandr Nevskii is another object of the Russian proclivity to present military men as gentle and saintly. John Fennell, The Crisis of Medieval Russia, 1200-1304 ( London and New York: Longman, 1983), 101-21.
12.
John Garrard, "Corresponding Heroines in Don Juan and Eygenii Onegin", Slavonic and East European Review, 73, no. 3 ( 1995), 428-48.
13.
Allworth, 213 f.
16.
Associated Press, 10 October 1995.
17.
H. B. Paksoy, "Introduction" in Central Asia Reader: The Rediscovery of History (Armonk, NY and London: M. E. Sharpe, 1994), ix. Similarly, the Republic of Tatarstan adopted the Latin alphabet for the Tatar language at the Second World Congress of Tatars, held in Kazan' in 1997. Rimzil Valiev et al., "Tatarstan faces challenges", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 31 December 1997.
18.
F. M. Dostoevskii, Dnevnik pisatelia, vol. 3. ( Paris: YMCA Press, n. d.), 602.
19.
Seton-Watson, 442.
20.
Grigorii Reznichenko et al., "Aral'skaia katastrofa", Novyi mir, no. 5 ( May 1989), 182-241; CIA World Factbook 1993 ( Washington, DC, 1994).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgment vii
  • Introduction: - Nationalism, Colonialism, Identity 1
  • Notes 12
  • 1 - The Problem 15
  • Notes 47
  • 2 - Engendering Empire 53
  • Notes 81
  • 3 - The Consolidating Vision: War and Peace As the New Core Myth Of Russian Nationhood 85
  • Notes 106
  • 4 - The Central Asian Narrative In Russian Letters 109
  • Notes 125
  • 5 - Imperial Desire In the Late Soviet Period 129
  • Notes 150
  • 6 - Scholarship and Empire 153
  • Notes 193
  • 7 - Deconstructing Empire: Liudmila Petrushevskaia 199
  • Notes 221
  • Selected Bibliography 223
  • Index 233
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