Transnational Russian Studies

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Transnational Russian Studies

Transnational Modern Languages, 1


February 7th, 2020

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Transnational Russian Studies offers an approach to understanding Russia based on the idea that language, society and culture do not neatly coincide, but should be seen as flows of meaning across ever-shifting boundaries. Our book moves beyond static conceptions of Russia as a discrete nation with a singular language, culture, and history. Instead, we understand it as a multinational society that has perpetually redefined Russianness in reaction to the wider world. We treat Russian culture as an expanding field, whose sphere of influence transcends the geopolitical boundaries of the Russian Federation, reaching as far as London, Cape Town, and Tehran.
Our transnational approach to Russian Studies generates new perspectives on the history of Russian culture and its engagements with, and transformation by, other cultures. The volume thereby simultaneously illuminates broader conceptions of the transnational from the perspective of Russian Studies. Over twenty chapters, we provide case studies based on original research, treating topics that include Russia’s imperial and postcolonial entanglements; the paradoxical role that language plays in both defining culture in national terms, and facilitating transnational communication; the life of things ‘Russian’ in the global arena; and Russia’s positioning in the contemporary globalized world. Our volume is aimed primarily at students and researchers in Russian Studies, but it will also be relevant to all Modern Linguists, and to those who employ transnational paradigms within the broader humanities.
Contributors: Amelia M. Glaser, Cathy McAteer, Connor Doak, Dušan Radunović, Ellen Rutten, Galin Tihanov, Jeanne-Marie Jackson, Julie Curtis, Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, Marijeta Bozovic, Michael Gorham, Olga Maiorova, Philip Ross Bullock, Sergey Tyulenev, Stephen Hutchings, Stephen M. Norris, Tatiana Filimonova, Vera Tolz, Vitaly Nuriev and Vlad Strukov.


‘This book is a very sophisticated and accessible discussion of the issues involved with the concept of transnational. It is clear that the use of transnational throughout the volume is no trendy marketing ploy; it is meticulously woven throughout the book and discussed with great nuance and insight.'
Brian James Baer, Kent State University

Author Information

Andy Byford is a Professor of Russian at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University. Connor Doak is a Lecturer in Russian at the University of Bristol. Stephen Hutchings is a Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures and Tables9
Introduction: Transnationalizing Russian Studies19
Part I: Nation, Empire, and Beyond53
Transnational, Multinational, or Imperial?: The Paradoxes of Russia's (Post)coloniality55
Gogol''s Other Coat: Transnationalism in Russia's Literary Borderlands68
The Empire Strikes East: Cross-cultural Dynamics in Russian Central Asia82
Where the Nation Ends: Transnationalism and Affective Spacce in Post-Soviet Cinema96
Vladimir Sorokin's Telluria: Post-imperial Eurasia, Fragmented Europe112
Part II: Beyond and Between Languages129
World Literature, War, Revolution: The Significance of Viktor Shklovskii's A Sentimental Journey130
The Transnational Vladimir Nabokov, or the Perils of Teaching Literature145
Bringing Books across Borders: Behind the Scenes in Penguin Books159
'Sewing up' the Soviet Politico-cultural System: Translation in the Multilingual USSR173
The Politics of Theatre: 'New Drama' in Russian, across Post-Soviet Borders and Beyond187
Part III: Cultures Crossing Borders201
A la russe, mais a l'entranger: Russian Opera Abroad202
On Russian Cinema: Going West (and East): Fedor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad and Blockbuster History215
Queer Transnational Encounters in Russian Literature: Gender, Sexuality, and National Identity231
The Russian Novel of Ideas in Southern Africa250
'Russian' Imperfections?: A Plea for Transcultural Readings of Aesthetic Trends265
Part IV: Russia Going Global283
Beyond a World with One Master: The Rhetorical Dimensions of Putin's 'Sovereign Internet'284
RT and the Digital Revolution: Reframing Russia for a Mediatized World301
Meduza: A Russo-centric Digital Outlet in a Transnational Setting319
Transnational Self and Community in the Talk of Russophone Cultural Leaders in the UK336