Mapping Imagined Geographies of Revolutionary Russia

PBC0196: mockery of Russia

PBC 196 conveys mainly Bolshevik satirical humor mocking Russian backwardness. Russia is associated with ancient, superstitious thinking that resists anything new (W118, W 313). One example calls Russia an “Asiatic country” (W189) and a “country that devours its people” (W95). Two adopt the voice of an ignorant, ill-spoken person who calls Russia “Rashia” and thinks nostalgically about tsarist times (W106).


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