This book brings together scholars from across a variety of disciplines who use different methodologies to interrogate the changing nature of Russian culture in the twenty-first century. The book considers a wide range of cultural forms that have been instrumental in globalizing Russia. These include literature, art, music, film, media, the internet, sport, urban spaces, and the Russian language. The book pays special attention to the processes by which cultural producers negotiate between Russian government and global cultural capital. It focuses on the issues of canon, identity, soft power and cultural exchange. The book provides a conceptual framework for analyzing Russia as a transnational entity and its contemporary culture in the globalized world.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction - Vlad Strukov and Sarah Hudspith
2. Poetry, canon and identity in contemporary Russia - Katherine Hodgson
3. Lev Tolstoy and contemporary Russian cultural policy: negotiating the canon - Sarah Hudspith
4. ‘That’s Ours. Don’t Touch’: Nashe Radio and the consolations of the domestic mainstream - Polly McMichael
5. ‘Perm Cultural Project’ [Permskii kul’turnyi proekt]: Looking back, looking forward - Elena Trubina
6. Projecting Russia on the global stage: International broadcasting and ‘recursive nationhood’ - Stephen Hutchings
7. Joking about doping: Contested visions of sporting nationalism and patriotism in Russian political cartoons - John Etty
8. Visualising the conservative revolution: Alternative globalization and aesthetic utopia of ‘Novorossiia’ - Maria Engström
9. Theorizing the hyperlocal: The cinema of Sakha (Yakutia) and global contexts - Vlad Strukov
10. Independent and popular? Russian youth videos in the age of globalization - Saara Ratilainen
11. Russian linguistic culture in the age of globalization: A turn to linguistic violence - Lara Ryazanova-Clarke
12. Geopolitical enemy #1? VVP, Anglophone ‘popaganda’ and the politics of representation - Robert A. Saunders
Vlad Strukov is an Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds.
Sarah Hudspith is an Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds.
'Russian Culture in the Age of Globalization is one of the first collections to take globalization as it relates to Russia beyond Western-centric binaries, and do so with a primary eye toward symbolic economies. An impressively diverse group of scholars takes on topics ranging from language and sport to poetry and new media technologies, resulting in a volume that is as penetrating in its interrogation of "culture" as it is in its illumination of national identity.' - Professor Michael Gorham, University of Florida
'Russian Culture in the Age of Globalization presents essays assembled in an innovative manner to revise the variety of forms of border—political, ethnic, linguistic and disciplinary—that are still customary in academic reflections of national cultures. The present era has transformed culture into a screen onto which are projected conceptions of self, desire for recognition of the Other, geopolitical ambitions, and unresolved complexes. Russian culture in the age of globalization is a country "wide shut." Its fields are the site of collision between isolationism and transgression, friend and enemy, conservative values and obsession with modernity. This collection of essays records the trajectories and traces of such collisions with the precision of a police report and the fascination of a detective story.' - Professor Ilya Kalinin, St Petersburg State University
'This excellent collection of essays examines Russia's participation in global cultural exchange. The authors engage with both the more traditional areas of cultural production such as literature, cinema and the arts alongside new forms such web-born satire. Throughout, the authors privilege the visual making this a vital contribution to the field of Russian Studies and Visual Studies.' - Professor Mike O’Mahony, University of Bristol