After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin by Michael S. GorhamAfter Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin by Michael S. Gorham

After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

byMichael S. Gorham

Paperback | April 17, 2014

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In After Newspeak, Michael S. Gorham presents a cultural history of the politics of Russian language from Gorbachev and glasnost to Putin and the emergence of new generations of Web technologies. Gorham begins from the premise that periods of rapid and radical change both shape and are shaped by language. He documents the role and fate of the Russian language in the collapse of the USSR and the decades of reform and national reconstruction that have followed. Gorham demonstrates the inextricable linkage of language and politics in everything from dictionaries of profanity to the flood of publications on linguistic self-help, the speech patterns of the country's leaders, the blogs of its bureaucrats, and the official programs promoting the use of Russian in the so-called "near abroad."Gorham explains why glasnost figured as such a critical rhetorical battleground in the political strife that led to the Soviet Union’s collapse and shows why Russians came to deride the newfound freedom of speech of the 1990s as little more than the right to swear in public. He assesses the impact of Medvedev’s role as Blogger-in-Chief and the role Putin’s vulgar speech practices played in the restoration of national pride. And he investigates whether Internet communication and new media technologies have helped to consolidate a more vibrant democracy and civil society or if they serve as an additional resource for the political technologies manipulated by the Kremlin.

Michael S. Gorham is Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida. He is the author of Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia and coeditor of Digital Russia: The Language, Culture, and Politics of New Media C...
Title:After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to PutinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.58 inPublished:April 17, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801479266

ISBN - 13:9780801479267


Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Translations
Introduction: Ideologies, Economies, and Technologies of Language
1. The Soviet Legacy: From Political to Cultural Correctness
2. Glasnost Unleashed: Language Ideologies in the Gorbachev Revolution
3. Economies of Profanity: Free Speech and Varieties of Language Degradation
4. In Defense of the National Tongue: Guardians, Legislators, and Monitors of the Norm
5. Taking the Offensive: Language Culture and Policy under Putin
6. "Cyber Curtain" or Glasnost 2.0? Strategies for Web-based Communication in the New Media Age
Appendix: Sayings and Proverbs about Language

Editorial Reviews

"This fascinating book offers a sweeping analysis of Russia's changing 'language culture' in the past several decades, from the politics of language use and debates over language norms to the role Russian language plays in national identity, political culture, and international relations. But this is more than a book about language culture. From the stagnant discourse of post-Stalinist Soviet Union to the exciting linguistic openness of Gorbachev’s perestroika, from the violent linguistic experimentation of the first post-Soviet decade to the authoritative linguistic grip and chaotic online utopia of Putin’s years, this book provides an extraordinary perspective on Russia's cultural and political history." - Alexei Yurchak, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, author of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation