From Orientalism to Cultural Capital: The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920s by Olga SobolevaFrom Orientalism to Cultural Capital: The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920s by Olga Soboleva

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital: The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920s

byOlga Soboleva, Angus Wrenn

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From Orientalism to Cultural Capital presents a fascinating account of the wave of Russophilia that pervaded British literary culture in the early twentieth century. The authors bring a new approach to the study of this period, exploring the literary phenomenon through two theoretical models from the social sciences: Orientalism and the notion of «cultural capital» associated with Pierre Bourdieu. Examining the responses of leading literary practitioners who had a significant impact on the institutional transmission of Russian culture, they reassess the mechanics of cultural dialogism, mediation and exchange, casting new light on British perceptions of modernism as a transcultural artistic movement and the ways in which the literary interaction with the myth of Russia shaped and intensified these cultural views.

Olga Soboleva teaches Comparative Literature at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests are in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and European culture. Her recent publications include The Only Hope of the World: George Bernard Shaw and Russia (2012), The Silver Mask: Harlequinade in the Symbo...
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Title:From Orientalism to Cultural Capital: The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920sFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 3, 2017Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS: Philip Ross Bullock: Preface – The East Wind of Russianness – John Galsworthy: Is It Possible to «De-Anglicise the Englishman»? – H. G. Wells: Interpreting the «Writing on the Eastern Wall of Europe» – J. M. Barrie and The Truth about the Russian Dancers – D. H. Lawrence: «Russia Will Certainly Inherit the Future» – «Lappin and Lapinova»: Woolf’s Beleaguered Russian Monarchs – «Not a Story of Detection, of Crime and Punishment, but of Sin and Expiation»: T. S. Eliot’s Debt to Russia, Dostoevsky and Turgenev.

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«From Orientalism to Cultural Capital: The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920s supplies an informative, theoretically and historically grounded account of how the British perceptions of Russia were shaped by some of the most prominent British writers of the early twentieth century [...].»
(Maxim Shadurski, The Wellsian: The Journal of the H. G. Wells Society 40/2017)