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Russia on the EdgeImagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity$
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Edith W. Clowes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448560.001.0001

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Deconstructing Imperial Moscow

Deconstructing Imperial Moscow

(p.19) 1 Deconstructing Imperial Moscow
Russia on the Edge

Edith W. Clowes

Cornell University Press

This chapter investigates the literary and critical deconstruction of Moscow, which opened the dialogue about Russian identity. Starting in the 1980s Moscow, the Soviet capital and imperial hub of the communist universe, the so-called second world, was a center starting to worry about its increasingly peripheral nature. The deconstruction of Moscow myth—Muscovite, Soviet, and otherwise—was becoming prominent as both a literary and a critical theme. Moreover, following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 and the subsequent repression of the Prague Spring, rethinking Moscow played out in variations on two utopian themes—the myth of the insular community and the Atlantis myth of the lost, sunken city.

Keywords:   Moscow, literary deconstruction, critical deconstruction, Russian identity, Moscow myth, utopian themes, insular community, Atlantis myth

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