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dc.contributor.advisorRyazanova-Clarke, Lara
dc.contributor.advisorThumala, Angelica
dc.contributor.authorTheocharis, Angelos
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-13T12:56:43Z
dc.date.available2022-01-13T12:56:43Z
dc.date.issued2021-12-07
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1842/38416
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.7488/era/1681
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an ethnographic study of the Russophone community literary life in Britain focusing on the Waterstones’ Russian Book Club (WRBC), the largest book club of its kind in the country. The WRBC began its monthly Russian literature-focused meetings in London at Waterstones Piccadilly in March 2017, having developed out of a long tradition of small, in-house gatherings. Four years later, the book club numbers almost 1700 members bringing together Russian-speaking readers from inside and outside Britain. The aim of this work is to examine the role of literature and specifically community literary practices in the construction of transnational Russophone identities in the UK. The data collection was conducted through offline participant observation of the WRBC literary gatherings, virtual ethnography of online activities, as well as semi-structured and in-depth interviews with the book club members and visiting writers. Drawing on this data, I contend that shared reading practices offer an entry point to the global Russian-speaking ideoscape to post-Soviet migrants and contribute to the survival of Russian literaturocentrism in the diaspora, the formation of a long-distance relationship with the cultural homeland, and the creation of a global reading community.en
dc.contributor.sponsorArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionAnemogiannis, Dionysis; Theocharis, Angelos (2021): ‘Echoes of elves and demons in the riverbank’: The exploration of history and folklore in Kythera through walking. In Barbara Piga, Daniel Siret, Jean-Paul Thibaud (Eds.): Experiential walks for urban design. Revealing, representing, and activating the sensory environment. Hampshire U.K: Springer, pp. 3–23en
dc.relation.hasversionTheocharis, Angelos (2019): Polyphonic Memory and Narratives of Resilience in Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time. In Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, 3, pp. 185–206.en
dc.relation.hasversionTheocharis, Angelos (2020): Sensory community. In Klaske Havik, Kris Pint, Svava Riesto, Henriette Steiner (Eds.): Vademecum. 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places. Rotterdam: nai0I0publishers, p. 130en
dc.subjectRussophone communityen
dc.subjectRussian literary eventsen
dc.subjectbook clubsen
dc.subjectRussophone book cluben
dc.subjecttransnational communityen
dc.subjectshared cultural identityen
dc.subjectWaterstones’ Russian Book Cluben
dc.subjectRussian literaturocentrismen
dc.titleReading, talking and playing literature: community literary practices of the UK Russian-speaking diasporaen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen
dc.rights.embargodate2022-12-07en
dcterms.accessRightsRestricted Accessen


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