Empire: Russia's Literary South
(This page is a work in progress and we will add to it as the
SELECTED BOOKS AND ARTICLES:
Historical background on Russia and the Caucasus
- Brower Daniel and Edward J. Lazzerini, eds., Russia's Orient. Imperial
Borderlans and Peoples, 1700-1917, Bloomington, Indiana University Press,
- Hunczak, Taras, ed., Russian Imperialism. From Ivan the Great to the
Revolution,New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers UP, 1974.
- Raeff, M., Imperial Russia 1682-1825. The Coming of Age of Modern Russia.
NY, Knopf, 1971.
- Broxup, Marie Bennigsen, ed.,The North Caucasus Barrier. The Russian
Advance Towards the Muslim World, NY, St. Martin's Press, 1992
- Wright, Goldenberg, & Schofield, eds., Transcaucasian Boundaries,
NY: St. Martin's Press, 1995
- Slezkine, Yuri, "The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State
Promoted Ethnic Particularism," in Eley, Geoff and Ronald Grigor Suny, Becoming
National. A Reader, NY, Oxford U Press, 1996, pp.203-38. RES
Imperial ideologies and rhetoric
- Stremooukhov, Dimitry, "Moscow the Third Rome: Sources and Doctrine," in
Cherniavsky, Michael, ed., The Structure of Russian History, NY,
Random House, 1970, pp. 108-25
- "The Tale of the White Cowl," in Zenkovskii, Serge, Medieval Russia's
Epics, Chronicles, and Tales,NY, Dutton, 1974, pp. 323-32.
- Rollins, P. J., "Emperor, Russian, use of the title," in Modern Encyclopedia
of Russian and Soviet History, ed., J. L. Wieczynski, 10, pp. 200-01.
- N. S. Trubetzkoy, "The Legacy of Genghis Khan: A Perspective on Russian
History Not from the West but from the East," in A. Liberman, ed., The
Legacy of Genghis Khan and Other Essays on Russia's Identity, Ann Arbor,
Michigan Slavic Publications, 1991. RES
- Said, Edward, "From Orientalism," in Williams, P., and L. Chrisman,
eds. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory. A Reader. NY, Columbia
UP, 1994, pp. 132-149. RES
- Said, Edward, Orientalism, NY, Vintage,
- Williams, P., and L. Chrisman, eds., Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial
Theory. A Reader. NY, Columbia UP, 1994, pp. 162-71
- Jersild, Austin, Orientalism and Empire: North Caucasian Mountain Peoples
and the Georgian Frontier, 1845-1917, Montreal, McGill-Queens University
Press, 2002. Mac library: DK 509.J477 2002 Contains a pertinent bibliography
Imperialism and ethnicity
- Fowkes, Ben, Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict in the Post-communist world.
NY, Palgrave, 2002--Choice/D.V. Schwartz has the following to say about
the book: "Fowkes has set himself a daunting challenge in this book:
to identify forces that explain the rise of ethnic conflict in postcommunist
states of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe [. . . ] insights from
the "constructivist" approach to the origins of ethnic conflict.
While recognizing the historical origins of modern nations in premodern ethnicities,
Fowkes argues that nations developed in different historical contexts, and
that they evolved and adapted under communism. Capsule summaries of the historical
development of the ethnic communities and nations of the region illustrate
his case, an approach that allows him to identify both common patterns across
the large number of cases and differences (especially between East and West)
based on experiences with statehood, religion, and imperial conquest [. .
.]" I've ordered this for our library.
- Khodarkovsky, Michael, Russia's Steppe Frontier: the Making of a Colonial
Empire 1500-1800. Indiana University press, 2002.N.M.-- Brooks/Choice
had this to say about the book: "[. . .] examines the relationship between
Russia and its neighbors on the Eurasian steppe [ . . ] from the northern
Caucasus area into the Central Asian region of present-day Kazakhstan, from
about 1500 to 1800. During these formative years, Russia's continual southern
expansion into the borderlands helped transform it from a fragmented and weak
frontier society into a formidable colonial empire. [. . .] the relationship
between the Russian state and the indigenous nomadic and seminomadic societies
that inhabitted the steppe, emphasizing their fundamental differences in social
organization, political and economic structures, and values.. [. . .] argues
that Russia's southward expansion was, contrary to commonly accepted views,
a deliberate process designed to colonize the new regions and to subdue their
inhabitants. However, Russia's policies gradually changed during these three
centuries from defending its vulnerable frontier against nomadic incursions
to deliberate colonization by means of pacifying, settling, and converting
the new subjects to Orthodox Christianity." I've ordered it for the library.
- Kajda, Lubomir and Mark Beissinger, The Nationalities Factor in Soviet
Politics and Society,Boulder, Westview Press, 1990
Imperialism and Russian literature
- Andrews, Joe, "The Prisoner of the Caucasus," in Narrative and Desire
in Russian Literature, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1993, pp. 11-31)
- Austin, Paul M., "The Exotic Prisoner of Russian Romanticism," in Russian
Literature XVI (1984):217-74--puts Lomonosov, Zhukovsky etc. into the context
of Russian/Western literary representations of exotic & prisoner topoi--leading
into Pushkin's "The Prisoner"--rich on the literary context; mentions Derzhavin,
Zhukovsky, Pushkin, Bestuzhev, Lermontov--and a host of lesser figures--some
Russian quotes untranslated, skim it, but don't get overburdened by the Russian
or the numerous lesser figures mentioned)
- Bagby, Lewis, Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky and Russian Byronism.
- Hokanson, Katya, "Literary Imperialism, Narodnost'
and Pushkin's Invention of the Caucasus," in The Russian Review,
- Layton, Susan, Russian Literature and Empire. Conquest of the Caucasus
from Pushkin to Tolstoy, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 1994. RES
- Leighton, Lauren, Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky. Boston, Twayne,
- Ram, Harsha, "Russian Poetry and the Imperial Sublime," in Greenleaf, M
and Stephen Moeller-Sally, eds., Russian Subjects. Empire, Nation, and
the Culture of the Golden Age, pp.21-50.
- Sandler, Stephanie, in Distant Pleasures. Alexander Pushkin and the
Writing of Exile. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1989, pp. 145-165
Imperialism and Gender
- Alloula, Malek, The Colonial Harem, Minneapolis: The University
of Minnesota Press, 1986.
- Sandler, Stephanie, Distant Pleasures. Alexander Pushkin and the Writing
of Exile, Stanford: Stanford UP, 1989, pp. 165-83
- Andrew, Joe, "Not Daring to Desire: Male/Female and Desire in Narrative
in Pushkin's 'Bachcisaraiskij fontan'," Russian Literature XXIV (1988):
- Andrew, Joe, Narrative and Desire in Russian Literature, NY, St.
Martin's Press, 1993, pp. 31-41
- Greenleaf, Monika, "The Foreign Fountain: Self as Other in the Oriental
Poem," in Pushkin and Romantic Fashion. Fragment, Elegy, Orient, Irony.
Stanford, Stanford UP, 1994, pp. 371-78
- Kornblatt, Judith, The Cossack Hero in Russian Literature. A Study in
Cultural Mythology, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
- Raeff, M., "In the Imperial Manner"in Catherine the Great. A Profile.
NY, Hill & Wang, 1972.
- Avtorkhanov, Abdurahman, "The Chechens and the Ingush During
the Soviet Period and its Antecedents," in Broxup, Marie, ed., The
North Caucasus Barrier. The Russian Advance Toward the Muslim World. New
York, St. Martin's Press, 1995
- Bitov, Andrei, The Captive of the Caucasus, New York, Farrar, Strauss
Giroux, 1994. Fiction.
- Cornell, Svanta, Small Nations and Great Powers: A Study of Ethnopolitical
Conflict in the Caucasus, Ithaca, Cornbell University Press.
- Trenin, Dm and A. V. Malashenko, Russia's Restless Frontier, Washington
DC, Carnegie Endowment, 2004
- Jaimoukha, Amjad, The Chechens. A Handbook, NY, Routledge, 2005
- Sakwa, Richard, Chechnya. From Past to Future, London, Anthem Press,
- Brower Daniel and Edward J. Lazzerini, eds., Imperial Borderlands and
Peoples, 1700-1917, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1997.
- Dunlop, John B., Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict.
Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998
- Gall, Carlotta and Thomas de Waal, Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus.
N. Y. New York University Press. Account of the "first" modern
war in Chechnia (1994-96). Gall was reporting for The Moscow Times
during the war. de Waal was reporting in Chechnia for The Moscow Times
and The Times of London.
- Lieven, Anatol, Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power, Yale University
Press, 1999. Lieven, journalist-turned-academic gives a highly intelligent
account of the "first" war in Chechnia (1994-96) with ample historical
background for the conflict.
- Nivat, Anne, Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines, NY,
Public Affairs, 2001. Nivat is a journalist at thew French periodical Liberation
who travelled to Chechnia to report on the current conflict.
- Politkovskaia, Anna, A Dirty War: A Russian reporter in Chechnya,
London, Harvill, 2001. Politkovskaia is a reporter from the li9beral, semi-weekly
Russian newspaper Novaia Gazeta and she tells her stories on the current
war both from inside Chechnia and from a liberal Russian point of view.
II. SELECTED WEB SITES:
Library course bibliography: http://libdata.macalester.edu/page.phtml?page_id=177%20
Eurasianet Good source for recent news
and feature articles on all aspects of the region: cultural, economic, environmental,
Harvard Program on Central Asia
and the Caucasus A good place for further resources: societies devoted to
this region, experts, academic programs, etc.
Recent book, The End of Eurasia, on-line in its entirety
Caucasus Foundation This is the english
language page for the caucasus Foundation which posts pro-Caucasian, (and some
would say, anti-Russian) news, analysis, and primary source documents. The primary
source material may be the most relevant material; the reportage and analysis
of events is not always objective. The group is funded and run by the Caucasian
Dagestan An interesting perspective
on the Vhechen conflict can be found on this site, which claims to be the official
site of the Republic of Dagestan, neighbor to Chechnia. Some of the most up-to-date
information is available only in Russian but several basic articles also in
Human Rights Watch. News updates and press releases
from this international monitoring organization.
Memorial. the main english-language page for
memorial Human Rights Center, a well-known Russian human rights group founded
in the perestroika era by liberal intellectuals and dissidents to advocate "rehabilitation"
of victims of Stalin's purges. Today, memorial deals not only with historical
issues, but also monitors rights violations in conflict zones. Go to http://www.memo.ru/eng/memhrc/hotpoint.shtml
for information about human rights in "trouble
spots"--Chechnia, Karabakh, and the Ossetia-Ingush border.
Moscow Carnegie Center. Think-tank with lots
of interesting information on contemporary Russian and American scholarship.
Nivat op-ed on Chechnya published in the Wasington Post on Aug 20, 2002.
NB: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum had her speak recently.
at Eastview Publishers
This page was last updated on 9/19-02