Reading Pushkin, Supporting Putin: Russian Literature and the Kremlin’s Nation-Building Agenda

01 December 2017 → 30 November 2021
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Literatures in Russian
    • Humanities and the arts not elsewhere classified
globalization crisis of reading literature post-soviet nostalgia national identity Russia Contemporary English Russian Comparative Language and text analysis Field research Cultural politics Literary canon Russian literature Eastern Europe Literary studies Area studies Media History
Project description

This project explores recent efforts by the Russian state to restore the flowering reading culture of Soviet times. The purpose of this policy is not fighting declining reading figures, but to unite the nation around Russian literature as a symbol of national identity. This research project shows how Russia is ideologically and culturally manifesting itself in a rapidly changing world.