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Haunted Empire: Gothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny

Valeria Sobol


This book shows that Gothic elements in Russian literature frequently expressed deep-set anxieties about the Russian imperial and national identity. The book argues that the persistent Gothic tropes in the literature of the Russian Empire enact deep historical and cultural tensions arising from Russia's idiosyncratic imperial experience. It brings together theories of empire and colonialism with close readings of canonical and less-studied literary texts as the book explores how Gothic horror arises from the threatening ambiguity of Russia's own past and present, producing the effect Sobol ter ... More

Keywords: Russian literature, Gothic tropes, Russian national identity, Russian imperial identity, colonialism, Russian Empire, Gothic horror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750571
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valeria Sobol, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign