Conspiracy Culture: Post-soviet Paranoia And The Russian Imagination

October 31, 2020|
Conspiracy Culture: Post-soviet Paranoia And The Russian Imagination by Keith A. Livers
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Contemporary Russia stands apart as one of the most prolific generators of conspiracy theories and paranoid rhetoric. Conspiracy Culture traces the roots of the phenomenon within the sphere of culture and history, examining the long arc of Russian paranoia from the present moment back to earlier nineteenth-century sources, such as Dostoevsky’s anti-nihilist novel Demons.

Conspiracy Culture examines the use of conspiracy tropes by contemporary Russian authors and filmmakers including the postmodernist writer Viktor Pelevin, the conservative author and pundit Aleksandr Prokhanov, and the popular director Timur Bekmambetov. It also explores paranoia as an instrument within contemporary Russian political rhetoric, as well as in Russian pseudo-historical works. What stands out is the manner in which Russian popular paranoia is utilized to express broadly shared fears not only of a long-standing anti-Russian conspiracy undertaken by the West, but also about the destruction of the country’s cultural and spiritual capital within this imagined "Russophobic" plot.

Keith A. Livers is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Title:Conspiracy Culture: Post-soviet Paranoia And The Russian ImaginationFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 inPublished:October 31, 2020Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781487507374

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