Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism

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turn of the twenty-first century, post-Soviet Russian writings continue to display a remarkable lack of sensitivity to the construction of the image of the Other. The Other is either wicked and an enemy of Russia, or absent and plays no role on history's stage.


NOTES
1.
John H. Plumb, The Death of the Past ( Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970), 41.
2.
E. M. Thompson, "V. B. Shklovskii and the Russian Intellectual Tradition", in Arnold McMillin, ed., Aspects of Russian and Czech Literature: Selected Papers of the Third World Congress for Soviet and East European Studies ( Columbus, OH: Slavica, 1989), 11-21.
3.
L. I. Timofeev, Osnovy teorii literatury ( Moscow, 1974), 737.
4.
Alex de Jonge, Fire and Water: A Life of Peter the Great ( New York: Coward McCann, 1980), 99-101, 242.
5.
V. B. Shklovskii, Sobranie sochinenii, vol. 1 ( Moscow: Khudozhestvennaia Literatura, 1974), 737-8.
7.
Annette Gordon-Reed, "Why Jefferson Scholars Were the Last to Know", Houston Chronicle, 4 November 1998.
8.
"Drevnerusskii smekh otnositsia po svoemu tipu k smekhu srednevekovomu". D. S. Likhachëv , "Smekhovoi mir" drevnei Rusi (Leningrad: Nauka, 1976), 9.
9.
"Esli kharakterizovat' drevnerusskuiu literaturu, pol'zuias' metodom 'bol'shikh skobok', to sleduet priznat', chto one prinadlezhala po svoei strukture k tipy literatur srednevekovykh (svoistvennykh ran'she i literaturam Zapada". D. S. Likhachëv, Poetika drevnerusskoi literatury (Leningrad: Nauka, 1967), 16.
10.
Enid Welsford, The Fool: His Social and Literary History ( London: Faber & Faber, 1935), 199.
11.
Will Durant, The Age of Faith ( New York: Simon & Schuster, 1950), 929.
12.
Ernst R. Curtius, Europäische Literatur und lateinisches Mittelalter ( Bern: FranckeVerlag, 1948), 106.
13.
Immanuel Kant, Werke, vol. 5 ( Wiesbaden: Im Insel Verlag, 1957), 437-8.
14.
"A priamaia doroga do togo vesel'ia ot Krakova do Arshavy i na Mozovshu, a ottuda na Rigu i Livliand, ottuda na Kiev i na Podoletsk, ottuda na Stekolniui i na Korelu, ottuda na Iur'ev i k o Bresti, ottuda k Bykhovu i v Chernigov, v Pereiaslavl' i vCherkasskoy, v Chigirin i Kafimskoy. A kogo perevezut Dunai, tot domoi ne dumai". Russkaia demokraticheskaia satira XVII veka, edited by V. P. Adrianova-Peretts ( Moscow: Nauka, 1977), 33.
15.
Wiktor Jakubowski, "Piśmiennictwo zjednoczonego paĢstwa moskiewskiego", Literatura rosyjska, vol. 1, edited by M. Jakóbiec ( Warsaw: PWN, 1970), 140.
16.
Anthony Stokes, "Literature of the Seventeenth Century", in John Fennell and Anthony Stokes, eds., Early Russian Literature ( London: Faber & Faber, 1974), 258.
17.
Richard Pipes, "Diplomacy and Culture: Negotiation Styles", in Arms Control: Myth versus Reality, edited by Richard F. Staar (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1988), 156.
18.
Iurii Lotman, "O dvukh tipakh orientirovannosti kul'tury", in Stati'i po tipologiikul'tury (Tartu: Univ. of Tartu Press, 1970), 86-98.
19.
I would like to thank Professor F. J. Thomson of the University of Antwerp forpointing this out to me.

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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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