Reading Pushkin, supporting Putin. Russian literature and the Kremlin’s nation-building agenda

Principal Investigator
Keywords
Russian literature
Putin
cultural politics
Russia
post-soviet nostalgia
national identity
reading
globalization
literary canon
Duration
2017 - 2021
Funding
BOF

This project explores recent efforts by the Russian state to restore the flowering reading culture of Soviet times. The purpose of this policy is not fighting declining reading figures, but to unite the nation around Russian literature as a symbol of national identity. This research project shows how Russia is ideologically and culturally manifesting itself in a rapidly changing world.