"Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York" examines the myth of America as the "other world." Milla Fedorova roots her study in the curious phenomenon of the pilgrimage of prominent Russian writers to America and the resulting travelogues of those joujrneys, which until now have not been recognized or studied as a particular narrative type with its own unique canons. Fedorova considers three distinct stages of travelogue - the pre-Revolution travelogue focused on first encounters with American democracy, the post-Revolution travelogue concerned with incorporating conceptions of America into the fashioning of the new Soviet state, and the more documentary-minded travelogues of the post-1930's.
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 389
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
This thought-provoking book profits from the author s intimate knowledge of Russian and American culture, her analytical prowess, and her dry sense of humor. Dr. Fedorova s study is a genuinely new contribution to the fields of Russian literature and cultural studies that should also be of interest to political scientists and historians.
Peter Rollberg, The George Washington University
[Fedorova] shows how the travelogue model functions in fiction writings and what it adds to the image of America in Soviet literature of that time. This principle allows the author to have a fresh look at the literary process of the 1920s 1930s by integrating texts that are different in terms of genre and narrative style.
"Modern Language Review""