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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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The Periphery and Its Narratives

The Periphery and Its Narratives

Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Imagined South

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Russia on the Edge

Edith W. Clowes

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the theme of the periphery—and particularly the Black Sea and its symbolic meanings—in a number of Liudmila Ulitskaia's stories and two major novels, Medea and Her Children (Medeia i ee deti, 1996) and The Kukotsky Case (Kazus Kukotskogo, 2001). Ulitskaia focuses on the life of all kinds of peripheries and their crucial, if ignored, role for the vitality of the country. Two striking aspects of her “universalist” literary project are her respect for a broad array of approaches to being human, for disparate ethnic voices and points of view, as well as her sustained argument against Russian chauvinism. And while Russian ultraconservatives typically imagine their homeland space as being the north and east, Ulitskaia's imagination embraces multicultural diversity, particularly of the Black Sea south.

Keywords:   Liudmila Ulitskaia, Medea and Her Children, The Kukotsky Case, Black Sea south, peripheries, Russian chauvinism, multicultural diversity

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