National Identity in Russian Culture

An Introduction

National Identity in Russian Culture
  • Edited by Simon Franklin

    Edited by Emma Widdis

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:May 2010

    Online ISBN:9780511720116

    Hardback ISBN:9780521839266

    Paperback ISBN:9780521024297

  • Book DOI:

    Subjects: European literature

The question of national identity has long been a vexing one in Russia, and is particularly pertinent in the post-Soviet period. Designed for students of Russian literature, culture and history, this collection of essays explores aspects of national identity in Russian culture from medieval times to the present.


"The title of this collection of 11 essays captures well its purpose, which is to offer 'an introduction to cultural discourses of Russian national identity.'" W.G. Moss, Eastern Michigan University, CHOICE

"The editors present an extremely useful collection of essays on many aspects of our perceptions of "Russia", "Russian", "Russians" and "Russianness". This book is extremely clearly structured, something which helps considerably given the immensity of the task and the ever-increasing range of the bibliography. As such, it is suitable for a wide readership, particularly students." Forum for Modern Language Studies

"Simon Franklin and Emma Widdis have conceived this excellent book to accomplish two goals: to provide and accessible overview of the theme of national identity in Russian cultural history and to offer nuanced case studies of how "notions of national identity function in cultural practice"(xii).
Carol J. Avins, Rutgers University, Slavic Review