From Orientalism to Cultural Capital
The Myth of Russia in British Literature of the 1920s
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU)
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.
KeywordsLiterature; Anglo-Russian connections; British literature; Modernism; Russophilia; Fyodor Dostoevsky; Ivan Turgenev; John Galsworthy; Leo Tolstoy; London; Virginia Woolf
Publication date and place2017-03-31
Literary studies: from c 1900 -