Illusion and mirror: Images of China in contemporary Russian literature

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This chapter sheds some light on images of China in Russia today, analyzing mainly contemporary fantastic novels (fantastika) in which a remarkable role is allocated to the eastern neighbor. The first and second sections focus on several important topics in the imperial and early Soviet eras so as to have an understanding of the historical background. One of the key issues is the dispute between Westernizers and Slavophiles, which played a role in creating archetypal images.1 In the main third section we compare transforming variations of images of China in contemporary Russian novels in the 2000s, and analyze the Chinese mirror in which the complicated relationship between Russia, Europe and Asia is reflected.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurasia’s Regional Powers Compared - China, India, Russia
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781317667872
ISBN (Print)9781138782945
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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