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From Orientalism to Cultural Capital

The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920s

Olga Soboleva and Angus Wrenn

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital presents a fascinating account of the wave of Russophilia that pervaded British literary culture in the early twentieth century. The authors bring a new approach to the study of this period, exploring the literary phenomenon through two theoretical models from the social sciences: Orientalism and the notion of «cultural capital» associated with Pierre Bourdieu. Examining the responses of leading literary practitioners who had a significant impact on the institutional transmission of Russian culture, they reassess the mechanics of cultural dialogism, mediation and exchange, casting new light on British perceptions of modernism as a transcultural artistic movement and the ways in which the literary interaction with the myth of Russia shaped and intensified these cultural views.

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Library of Congress Control Number: 2016963039

Cover image: Bernard Partridge, ‘The Bear Hug’, Punch, 17 May, 1922.

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ISBN 978-3-0343-2203-4 (print)   • ISBN 978-1-78707-394-4 (ePDF)

ISBN 978-1-78707-395-1 (ePub)   • ISBN 978-1-78707-396-8 (mobi)

DOI 10.3726/b11211

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