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The Concept of “Russian Europeans” in an Anti-war Film The Cuckoo

  • Sergei Akopov
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Abstract

In the second quarter of the twentieth-century, Russian émigré philosopher Georgii Fedotov coined the description of a personality type termed the “Russian European”. He distinguished the creative type of “Russian Europeans” loyal to both Russian and European cultural values from two other negative types: the “autocratic despot” and “antistate -nihilist”. In this chapter I look at how this concept was further theorized in works of Vladimir Kantor and Alexei Kara-Murza and relate it to an anti-war message developed in a 2002 Russian film The Cuckoo.

Interpreting The Cuckoo this chapter, in particular, shows how various scenes from the movie overlap with ideas of “dialogism” and help to deconstruct what Mikhail Bakhtin called an “authoritative discourse”. I also explore how concepts like “life knowledge” and “all unity” (by Semyon Frank) enable us to speak up against war and political violence today.

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Acknowledgements

The author acknowledges proofreading and editing made by Kate Panian, University of California, San Diego alumna. The article was prepared within the framework of the Academic Fund Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in 2017–2018 (grant № 17-01-0108) and by the Russian Academic Excellence Project “5-100”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergei Akopov
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  1. 1.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsSt. PetersburgRussia

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