Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Haunted EmpireGothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Valeria Sobol

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750571

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750571.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 03 July 2022

“Gloomy Finland” and Russian Gothic Tales of Assimilation

“Gloomy Finland” and Russian Gothic Tales of Assimilation

(p.52) Chapter 3 “Gloomy Finland” and Russian Gothic Tales of Assimilation
Haunted Empire

Valeria Sobol

Cornell University Press

This chapter draws on a variety of sources, from ethnographic publications in contemporary journals to Romantic novellas and historical novels that construct the image of the “wild” but docile Gothic Finland that is finally included in history and civilization through its incorporation into the Russian Empire. Both ethnographic and literary texts depict the Finns as a magic-prone, semi-mythological people destined by both history and geography to be ruled by others and enthusiastically embracing the Russian civilizational mission. Odoevsky's Gothic novella The Salamander stands in stark contrast to these optimistic interpretations of the annexation of Finland. It offers a dark story of a failed conversion where “natural,” intuitive and irrational Finland (embodied by the heroine Elsa) resists the mechanistic spirit of Petrine Russia and ultimately wreaks vengeance on the Russified Finnish hero.

Keywords:   Romantic novellas, historical novels, Gothic Finland, Odoeysky, The Salamander, Petrine Russia, Russian Empire

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.