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The Russian Language in Contemporary Conservative Dystopias
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
2016 (English)In: Russian Review, ISSN 0036-0341, E-ISSN 1467-9434, Vol. 75, no 4, 579-588 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The topic of this paper concerns a subgenre of modern prose, namely the linguistic dystopia, by which I mean a depiction of a future (“pessimistically extrapolating contemporary social trends into oppressive and terrifying societies”), in which the dysfunctionality or power potential of language is thematicized and operationalized by either the narrator, various characters in the novel, or the reader. The focus in the article will be on the mirroring of the development in Russian politics and society of today in the dystopias (or utopias) of Russian conservative authors through language.

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2016. Vol. 75, no 4, 579-588 p.
Keyword [en]
Russian language, Dystopias, Russian literature
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Specific Languages
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Slavic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137215DOI: 10.1111/russ.12103OAI: diva2:1061086
Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-30 Last updated: 2017-01-03Bibliographically approved

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