Wilson Center Experts

Susan Layton

Short-Term Grant
Kennan Institute

Expertise:
Russia and Eurasia
;
Russia
Affiliation:
Visiting Lecturer, American College
Wilson Center Project(s):
The Literary Caucasus in Ninetheenth-Century Russia: A Study of Belles-Lettres and Imperialism
Term:
Oct 01, 1986
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Nov 01, 1986

Project Summary

A study of the belles lettres as they related to and relate information on imperial expansion into the Caucasus. A review of a major episode of ’Ornamentalism’, exploring cultural myths and imperialist ideology. Examines civilizing missions to Muslim countries as are conveyed in literary texts. Layton contends that a fuller pictured of the imperialist mentality can be assembled from the spectrum of literature of the time frame -- including its ’pure trash.’ Continues research from visiting grant (1985).