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The Reconstruction of the Russian National Character in the Selected Works of the Contemporary Russian Speculative Fiction Writers

Joanna Radosz

Abstract

The aim of the dissertation is to analyse the ways in which the chosen literary works note both the very existence of the Russian national character and its changes in the new reality. To research the topic, the following methods were chosen: ethnopsychology, comparative crosscultural studies, sociology of literature. In the introduction there are discussed both current state of research and working definitions of the key terms, such as the Russian national character and speculative fiction. The first chapter presents a history of the speculative fiction in Russia, starting with the nineteenth century, up to the most recent literature tendencies and subgenres. The second chapter is dedicated to the issue of Russian national character and the post-Soviet Russian traits: antinomy, internal Eastern – Western opposition, collectivism, fatalism, religiousness, messianism, sensitivity, intuitiveness, particular understanding of the law and the power, maximalism, cyclicality and femininity. The third chapter is an interpretation of the chosen novels within the context of subsequent traits – excluding femininity, which, due to its many-sided nature, would be analysed in a separate chapter. In the conclusion the results are presented and there is summarized that all the discussed novels record the very traits considered the aspect of a contemporary Russian national character.
Record ID
UAM7658bc5892fb4957b7aa95c579640419
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Title in Polish
Rekonstrukcja charakteru narodowego Rosjan w wybranych utworach współczesnych rosyjskich twórców fantastyki
Title in English
The Reconstruction of the Russian National Character in the Selected Works of the Contemporary Russian Speculative Fiction Writers
Title in other language
Реконструкция национального характера русских в Избранных произведениях современных русских Авторов фантастической литературы
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Wydział Neofilologii [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNoJiL/WN)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Status
Finished
Year of creation
2021
Defense Date
15-10-2021
Title date
15-10-2021
Supervisor
Pages
295
URL
https://hdl.handle.net/10593/26437 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
russian speculative fiction; post-Soviet literature; Russian national character; crosscultural communication; ethnopsychology
Abstract in English
The aim of the dissertation is to analyse the ways in which the chosen literary works note both the very existence of the Russian national character and its changes in the new reality. To research the topic, the following methods were chosen: ethnopsychology, comparative crosscultural studies, sociology of literature. In the introduction there are discussed both current state of research and working definitions of the key terms, such as the Russian national character and speculative fiction. The first chapter presents a history of the speculative fiction in Russia, starting with the nineteenth century, up to the most recent literature tendencies and subgenres. The second chapter is dedicated to the issue of Russian national character and the post-Soviet Russian traits: antinomy, internal Eastern – Western opposition, collectivism, fatalism, religiousness, messianism, sensitivity, intuitiveness, particular understanding of the law and the power, maximalism, cyclicality and femininity. The third chapter is an interpretation of the chosen novels within the context of subsequent traits – excluding femininity, which, due to its many-sided nature, would be analysed in a separate chapter. In the conclusion the results are presented and there is summarized that all the discussed novels record the very traits considered the aspect of a contemporary Russian national character.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM7658bc5892fb4957b7aa95c579640419/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM7658bc5892fb4957b7aa95c579640419

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