Americans Experience Russia: Encountering the Enigma, 1917 by Choi Chatterjee,Beth Holmgren

By Choi Chatterjee,Beth Holmgren

Americans adventure Russia analyzes how American students, newshounds, and artists estimated, skilled, and interpreted Russia/the Soviet Union during the last century. whereas many histories of diplomatic, financial, and highbrow connections among the USA and the Soviet Union are available, none has but tested how american citizens’ encounters with Russian/Soviet society formed their representations of a Russian/Soviet ‘other’ and its dating with an American ‘west.’

The essays during this quantity significantly interact with postcolonial theories which posit self-valorizing, unmediated west dictated the colonial stumble upon, repressing local voices that has to be recovered. in contrast to western imperialists and their colonial matters, americans and Russians lengthy co-existed in a annoying parity, concerning one another as other-than-European equals, someday cultural function versions, transitority allies, and political antagonists. In studying the fiction, movie, journalism, treatises, and histories american citizens produced out in their ‘Russian experience,’ the participants to this quantity heavily study those texts, find them of their sociopolitical context, and gauge how their manufacturers’ occupation, politics, gender, classification, and interplay with local Russian interpreters conditioned their authored responses to Russian/Soviet truth. the quantity additionally explores the blurred limitations among nationwide identities and representations of self/other after the Soviet Union’s fall.

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