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 expected, skilled, and interpreted Russia/the Soviet Union during the last century. whereas many histories of diplomatic, monetary, and highbrow connections among the us 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 severely have interaction with postcolonial theories which posit self-valorizing, unmediated west dictated the colonial stumble upon, repressing local voices that has to be recovered. not like western imperialists and their colonial topics, american citizens and Russians lengthy co-existed in a demanding parity, concerning one another as other-than-European equals, someday cultural function versions, transitority allies, and political antagonists. In reading the fiction, movie, journalism, treatises, and histories american citizens produced out in their ‘Russian experience,’ the members to this quantity heavily learn those texts, find them of their sociopolitical context, and gauge how their manufacturers’ career, politics, gender, category, and interplay with local Russian interpreters conditioned their authored responses to Russian/Soviet fact. the amount additionally explores the blurred barriers among nationwide identities and representations of self/other after the Soviet Union’s fall.

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