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  • Haunted Empire: Gothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny
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  • Valeria Sobol
  • 2020
  • Published by: Cornell University Press
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Haunted Empire shows that Gothic elements in Russian literature frequently expressed deep-set anxieties about the Russian imperial and national identity.

Valeria Sobol argues that the persistent presence of Gothic tropes in the literature of the Russian Empire is a key literary form that enacts deep historical and cultural tensions arising from Russia's idiosyncratic imperial experience. Her book brings together theories of empire and colonialism with close readings of canonical and less-studied literary texts as she explores how Gothic horror arises from the threatening ambiguity of Russia's own past and present, producing the effect Sobol terms "the imperial uncanny." Focusing on two spaces of the imperial uncanny—the Baltic north/Finland and the Ukrainian south—Haunted Empire reconstructs a powerful discursive tradition that reveals the mechanisms of the Russian imperial imagination that are still at work today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Translation
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Haunted Empire
  1. Introduction. From the Island of Bornholm to Taman': The Literary Trajectory of the Russian Imperial Uncanny
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. PART I. The North
  1. 1. A Gothic Prelude: Nikolai Karamzin's "The Island of Bornholm"
  2. pp. 27-35
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  1. 2. In Search of the Russian Middle Ages: The Livonian Tales of the 1820s
  2. pp. 36-51
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  1. 3. "Gloomy Finland" and Russian Gothic Tales of Assimilation
  2. pp. 52-78
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  1. PART II. The South
  1. 4 . Ukraine: Russia's Uncanny Double
  2. pp. 81-93
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  1. 5. On Mimicry and Ukrainians: Empire and the Gothic in Antonii Pogorel'sky's The Convent Graduate
  2. pp. 94-108
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  1. 6. 'Tis Eighty Years Since: Panteleimon Kulish's Gothic Ukraine
  2. pp. 109-134
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 135-138
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 139-176
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-198
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