Transcultural Experiments

Russian and American Models of Creative Communication

  • Authors
  • Ellen E. Berry
  • Mikhail N. Epstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Ellen E. Berry, Mikhail N. Epstein
      Pages 1-13
  3. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 14-14
    2. Mikhail Epstein
      Pages 15-30
  4. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 78-78
    2. Definitions

      1. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 91-101
      2. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 102-112
      3. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 113-120
      4. Ellen E. Berry
        Pages 121-140
    3. Infinitions

      1. Ellen E. Berry
        Pages 142-151
      2. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 164-168
      3. Ellen E. Berry
        Pages 169-175
  5. Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 176-176
    2. Ellen E. Berry
      Pages 177-183
    3. Genres

      1. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 184-188
      2. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 189-194
      3. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 195-200
    4. Collective Improvisations

      1. Mikhail Epstein
        Pages 201-213
      2. Ellen E. Berry, Mikhail N. Epstein
        Pages 214-228
      3. Ellen E. Berry
        Pages 229-239
    5. Authorship

    6. The Internet and Creativity

  6. In Place of a Conclusion: Transcultural Dialogue

    1. Ellen E. Berry, Mikhail N. Epstein
      Pages 302-322
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-338

About this book


Contemporary processes of globalization have had a profound impact on cultural production and dissemination both intra- and cross-culturally. The dissemination of cultures on a global scale has led to multiple and complex effects, among them the formation of radical new modes of cultural interaction, transcultural flows, and hybridized knowledges, forms not easily understandable in terms of traditional models of discrete national or ethnic cultures/subcultures. Transcultural Experiments develops new scholarly and creative strategies out of this intersection of cultural traditions, specifically in Russia and the United States. Ellen E. Berry and Mikhail N. Epstein define and enact a transcultural method as an alternative to the legacies of cultural divisions and hegemony that have dominated both Western and Second Worlds. The book introduces a system of original concepts and genres of writing that will help in mapping twenty-first century global culture: 'transculture' (vs. multiculturalism), 'interference' (vs. difference), 'potentiation' (vs. deconstruction), ethics of imagination, and collective improvisation. The authors make a revolutionary argument in cultural studies that will be of profound interest to anyone concerned with finding new modes of intercultural communication between the former First and Second Worlds.


Autorschaft communication Cultural Studies ethics globalization Imagination interaction intercultural communication Nation poetry society Tradition

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