Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors

Department

History

Language

English

DOI

10.15760/honors.1028

Abstract

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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