Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors
Russian literature -- Asian influences -- 19th century, Russian literature -- Asian influences -- 20th century, East Asia -- Foreign public opinion (Russian)
This thesis examines the representation of the "East" in the work of Russian writers between 1890 and 1932, with reference to questions of Russian identity and Orientalism. Using the writings of Vladimir Solov'ev, Andrei Bely, Alexander Blok, and Boris Pil'niak, the analysis centers on the shifting visions of the Far East, specifically China and Japan, in the Russian literary imagination amidst this period of great social change. The theme of Asia presented by these prominent writers represents a way of thinking about the East that ties it to ideas of revolution and renewal for Russia, which is a departure from previously studied Russian views of the exotic or stagnant Orient.
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Langford, Meg, "Revolution, Regeneration and Visions of the "East" in the Russian Imagination, 1890-1932" (2011). University Honors Theses. Paper 1004.