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Through the looking-glass of Russian national cinema, "Pride and Panic" explores Russia's anxious adjustment towards the expansion of Western culture. Russian film is shown, in both its creation and perception, to expose the intriguing dynamics of societal psychological conditions. Using specific film examples, the book delves into the subterranean recesses of Russian national consciousness, exposing an internal ambivalence and complex cultural reaction towards the rise of the West. These fears, fantasies and tremulous anxieties are examined through the representation of the West in films by both established and lesser-known Russian directors. Using a highly original and unorthodox approach, the author parallels the shifting dynamics of attitudes and identity in Russia, caused by globalization, to stages of development in an individual human psyche. The book cohesively unveils the psychological turmoil experienced by Russia towards a change in global relations. It is a text of particular interest to scholars, students and readers involved with contemporary film and, in particular, Russian cinema and culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841501567
ISBN-10: 1841501565
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 181mm x 16mm)
Pages: 136
Imprint: Intellect Books
Publisher: Intellect Books
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Yana Hashamova

Yana Hashamova (Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and East. European Languages and Literatures and an Associate Faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Film Program and the Departments of Comparative Studies and Women's Studies at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.

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