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Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York: America and Americans in Russian Literary Perception

Milla Fedorova. Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York: America and Americans in Russian Literary Perception. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013.

Yankees in Petrograd, Bosheviks in New York examines the myth of America as the Other World at the moment of transition from the Russian to the Soviet version. The material on which Milla Fedorova bases her study comprises a curious phenomenon of the waning nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – pilgrimages to America by prominent Russian writers who then created travelogues. Arguing that the primary cultural model for Russian writers’ journey to America is Dante’s descent into Hell, Fedorova reveals how America is represented as the country of “dead souls” where objects and machines have exchanged places with people, where relations between the living and the dead are inverted.

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