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Stereotypes in Literatures and Cultures

International Reception Studies

Rahilya Geybullayeva and Peter Orte

Imaginative representations of different cultures are one of the major stumbling blocks to understanding, deepening the gap between people as they are passed from one text to another, especially in periods of historical transition. These transfers are sometimes innocent, while at other times they serve political agendas. The sample of images and estimations of others becomes a priority and, frequently for this reason, stereotypical. This is the subject of investigation for the majority of the authors in this collection. This book with articles presented here is an attempt to understand the core of confirmed or standardized social norms.
The book contains articles in English and in Russian language.

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xi Preface Myths related to and imaginative representations of different cultures are one of the major stumbling blocks to understanding, deepening the gap between people as they are passed from one text to another, especially in periods of historical transition. These transfers are sometimes innocent, while at other times they serve political agendas. The transformation of the literary image of the Caucasus people in XIX-th century Russian Literature in the works of Pushkin, Lermontov, A. Bestujev- Marlynsky etc., as brave, dignified, romantic mountain dwellers into a second-rate people, mainly unpleasant guest workers in Russia, is a popular example of this: the transformation of a regional type crystallized into a stereotype as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Our conference discovered many ethnic stereo- types. This book is intended as a challenge to put an end to stereotypes and find ways of approximation rather than of aversion; it was also the goal of the confer- ence, in which about one hundred participants from different countries, including Azerbaijan, Japan, Brazil, France, USA, South Korea, United Kingdom, =zechia, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey took part. By mutual consent of the partici- pants we decided to publish a book on the conference's theme in order to create a broader framework for comparative cultural and literary analysis. The papers se- lected come from any perspective of relevance to literature and culture. Chapters include topics and issues ranging from ethnic stereotypes and national image, the role of stereotypes in the construction of an inside...

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