Presented a conference paper: “Viktor Pelevin’s Story ‘Iakinf’ and the Emergence of the New Gothic in Russian Literature of the 2000s”

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The paper develops John Given’s view about Pelevin’s depiction of Russian contemporary society as a space overtaken “by victorious and well-organised vampires”. It discusses Pelevin’s story about four contemporary travellers from Moscow to the Caucasus with the focus on the merger of the literary Gothic tradition with the imperial imagination in the story. Such a merger derives from many Russian nineteenth-century narratives, including Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time (1839-40). It is argued that Pelevin’s use of Gothic cliches in “Iakinf” serves as a medium for voicing Pelevin’s ideological and philosophical concerns about post-Soviet tourism and the re-emergence of the imperial gaze in contemporary Russian politics and culture. The paper shows how an ontological uncertainty is entwined in "Iakinf" with the growing sense of instability of the Russian imperial space itself.
Period17 Oct 2021
Event typeConference
LocationAnn Arbor, United States, MichiganShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational