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Author Chatterjee, Choi
Title Americans Experience Russia : Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2012
©2012
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (245 pages)
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Series Routledge Studies in Cultural History Ser
Routledge Studies in Cultural History Ser
Note Intro -- Americans Experience Russia Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the present -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 Studying Our Nearest Oriental Neighbor: American Scholars and Late Imperial Russia -- Part I: Inside Stories: Utopia, Bohemia, Crucible -- 2 Hallie Flanagan and the Soviet Union: New Heaven, New Earth, New Theater -- 3 Kennan Encounters Russia, 1933-1937 -- 4 Constructing a Cold War Epic: Harrison Salisbury and the Siege of Leningrad -- Part II: Our Popular Russian Romance -- 5 The Russian Romance in American Popular Culture, 1890-1939 -- 6 Russia on Their Mind: How Hollywood Pictured the Soviet Front -- Part III: Conspicuous Consumers: Ambassadors and Donors -- 7 Another Mission to Moscow: Ida Rosenthal and Consumer Dreams -- 8 The Moscow Correspondents, Soviet Human Rights Activists, and the Problem of the Western Gift -- Part IV: Americans in the Russian Mirror -- 9 Interviewing Village Mothers-with Help from My Friends -- 10 Fear, Affluence, and the Great Plutonium Extravaganza -- Part V: Living across Cultures -- 11 An Interview with Marina Goldovskaya, a "Russian American" Filmmaker -- 12 The Search for What Might Be True: Thoughts from Inside an Era of Change -- Contributors -- Index
Americans Experience Russia analyzes how American scholars, journalists, and artists envisioned, experienced, and interpreted Russia/the Soviet Union over the last century. While many histories of diplomatic, economic, and intellectual connections between the United States and the Soviet Union can be found, none has yet examined how Americans' encounters with Russian/Soviet society shaped their representations of a Russian/Soviet 'other' and its relationship with an American 'west.' The essays in this volume critically engage with postcolonial theories which posit that a self-valorizing, unmediated west dictated the colonial encounter, repressing native voices that must be recovered. Unlike western imperialists and their colonial subjects, Americans and Russians long co-existed in a tense parity, regarding each other as other-than-European equals, sometime cultural role models, temporary allies, and political antagonists. In examining the fiction, film, journalism, treatises, and histories Americans produced out of their 'Russian experience,' the contributors to this volume closely analyze these texts, locate them in their sociopolitical context, and gauge how their producers' profession, politics, gender, class, and interaction with native Russian interpreters conditioned their authored responses to Russian/Soviet reality. The volume also explores the blurred boundaries between national identities and representations of self/other after the Soviet Union's fall
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Chatterjee, Choi Americans Experience Russia : Encountering the Enigma, 1917 to the Present London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2012 9780415893411
Subject Public opinion -- United States.;Soviet Union -- Foreign public opinion, American.;Russia (Federation) -- Foreign public opinion, American.;Soviet Union -- Relations -- United States.;United States -- Relations -- Soviet Union.;United States -- Relations -- Russia (Federation);Russia (Federation) -- Relations -- United States
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Alt Author Holmgren, Beth
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