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Russia's Dangerous TextsPolitics Between the Lines$
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Kathleen F. Parthé

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098518

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098518.001.0001

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Russians and “Others”: The Text as Territory

Russians and “Others”: The Text as Territory

(p.102) Chapter 4 Russians and “Others”: The Text as Territory
Russia's Dangerous Texts

Kathleen Parthé

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how the literary canon in Russia came to be perceived as national territory and property to be defended not so much from external threats as from aliens within. It suggests that the periodic coming-together of spatial and cultural components of national identity with hyperethnicity influenced the interpretation of writers and texts which fell outside the borders of the “textual nation.” The chapter also analyzes the core identity of Russian literature, and discusses the distinction between genuine Russian writers and mere samozvantsy (pretenders).

Keywords:   literary canon, Russia, national territory, national identity, hyperethnicity, textual nation, Russian literature, samozvantsy

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