Post-Soviet Literature and the Search for a Russian Identity
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Post-Soviet Literature and the Search for a Russian Identity

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This book examines a wide range of contemporary Russian writers whose work, after the demise of Communism, became more authoritative in debates on Russia's character, destiny, and place in the world. Unique in his in-depth analysis of both playful postmodernist authors and fanatical nationalist writers, Noordenbos pays attention to not only the acute social and political implications of contemporary Russian literature but also literary form by documenting the decline of postmodern styles, analyzing shifting metaphors for a "Russian identity crisis," and tracing the emergence of new forms of authorial ethos. To achieve this end, the book builds on theories of postcoloniality, trauma, and conspiracy thinking, and makes these research fields productively available for post-Soviet studies.
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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 20.32mm | 4,199g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2016
  • X, 232 p.
  • 1137596724
  • 9781137596727

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This book examines a wide range of contemporary Russian writers whose work, after the demise of Communism, increasingly became more authoritative in debates on Russia's character, destiny, and place in the world. Unique in his in-depth analysis of both playful postmodernist authors and fanatical nationalist writers, Noorbendos pays attention to not only the acute social and political implications of contemporary Russian literature but also literary form by documenting the decline of postmodern styles, analyzing shifting metaphors for a "Russian identity crisis," and tracing the emergence of new forms of authorial ethos. To achieve this end, the book connects the fields of postcoloniality, trauma, and conspiracy thinking with post-Soviet studies, an endeavor that has been grossly overlooked until now.
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Table of contents

CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION PART ICHAPTER ONE The Black Holes of History: Narratives of Cultural Trauma
CHAPTER TWO Post-Totalitarian Identity and the Struggle with Literaturocentrism
CHAPTER THREE Empire of Empty Signs: Unsettling Imitations of "the West"
PART IICHAPTER FOUR Imperial Stiob: The Aesthetics of Chauvinism
CHAPTER FIVE The Return of the Dead: Haunting Traumas and Nostalgic Dreams
CHAPTER SIX Interpreting Gorbachev's Birthmark: Conspiratorial Visions of Russian Identity
CONCLUSION
WORKS CITED
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About Boris Noordenbos

Boris Noordenbos is Assistant Professor in Literary Studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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