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REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Felix Cowan (University of Illinois), "Narratives of Backwardness and Modernization in the Late Imperial Russian Penny Press"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Mar 2, 2021   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Felix Cowan (PhD Candidate in History, University of Illinois)
Cost
Free and Open to the Public
Registration
Registration Link
Contact
Stephanie Porter; REEEC
E-Mail
chung88@illinois.edu; reec@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

In the final years of the Russian Empire, debates over Russia's "backwardness" could be found throughout the public sphere. Russia's kopeck newspapers, the empire's most popular press outlets, regularly examined "backwardness" in comparative perspective, relating perceptions of Russian underdevelopment to perceptions of Western modernity in every aspect of life. This talk explores how late imperial Russia's kopeck newspapers constructed images of Russian backwardness and Western modernity, and how they instrumentalized those images to argue that Russia's future lay in imitating the West.

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