Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

5/1/2005 - 7/31/2005

Funding Totals

$5,000.00 (approved)
$5,000.00 (awarded)

The Center at the Periphery: Eccentric Identity in Contemporary Russian Writing

FAIN: FT-53500-05

Edith W. Clowes
University of Virginia (Lawrence, KS 66045-7505)

This five-chapter book project addresses symbolic geographies and identity in contemporary Russian writing culture. It examines the process of cultural regeneration in post-Soviet Russia and emerging articulations of identity that move beyond the traumas of the post-Soviet movement. I have found a pattern of movement away from the old center of Soviet ideology in Moscow to "peripheral" symbolic-geographical spaces that free the writer to prove alternate writing forms and articulations of identity. In Summer 2005 I will focus on the novel, "Chapaev and Emptiness" ("Chapaev i pustota," 1996), by Viktor Pelevin, his quarrel with globalization, and his interest in Buddhism and East Asia as an alternate geographical locus of the mind.

Media Coverage

Radio Liberty Interview (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Aleksandr Sirotin
Publication: Radio Liberty
Date: 9/25/2011
Abstract: This is a telephone interview on the book and my views on the intellectual and political atmosphere in Putin's Russia.

"Rossiia eto--periferiia? Interview s Edith Clowes" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Aleksandr Sirotin
Publication: Chaika
Date: 9/16/2011
Abstract: This is a longer version of the Radio Liberty interview. In Russian.

"Imperiia pustoty: v poiskakh utrachennoi periferii" (Russian: "The Empire of Emptiness: In Search of the Lost Margin" (Review)
Author(s): Dmitrii Zamiatin
Publication: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie
Date: 11/1/2011
Abstract: This is a lengthy and careful review of Russia on the Edge, strongly urging its translation into Russian.

Associated Products

Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity (Book)
Title: Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity
Abstract: In January 1986, the new Borovitskaia Metro Station opened by the Kremlin wall in central Moscow. Built to remind the visitor of the low-arching hallways of the medieval Kremlin, the station's visual centerpiece is a vast, gold and burnt orange mural depicting the map of the Soviet Union and its peoples growing as a tree among the towers of the Kremlin.
Year: 2011
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Type: Other
ISBN: 9780801477256