© 2008

Russia and its Other(s) on Film

Screening Intercultural Dialogue

  • Stephen Hutchings

Part of the Studies in Central and Eastern Europe book series (SCEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Stephen Hutchings
      Pages 1-24
  3. Russia Represents the Other

  4. The Other Represents Russia

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 226-242

About this book


Russia's interactions with the West have been a perennial theme of Slavic Studies, and of Russian culture and politics. Likewise, representations of Russia have shaped the identities of many western cultures. No longer providing the 'Evil Empire' of 20th American popular consciousness, images of Russia have more recently bifurcated along two streams: that of the impoverished refugee and that of the sinister mafia gang. Focusing on film as an engine of intercultural communication, this is the first book to explore mutual perceptions of the foreign Other in the cinema of Russia and the West during, and after, communism. The book's structure reflects both sides of this fascinating dialogue: Part 1 covers Russian/Soviet cinematic representations of otherness, and Part 2 treats western representations of Russia and the Soviet Union. An extensive Introduction sets the dialogue in a theoretical context. The contributors include leading film scholars from the USA, Europe and Russia.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Hutchings
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

About the editors

STEPHEN HUTCHINGS is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester, UK, having previously held a Chair in Russian at Surrey University, and an Associate Professorship at the University of Rochester, New York. He has authored three monographs on aspects of Russian culture, and led three major AHRC-funded Research projects.

Bibliographic information


'These well-informed, thought-provoking, and insightful essays contribute significantly to an important, yet understudied aspect of Russian cinema studies. Sophisticated in conception, yet engaging and accessible, this anthology will be read with pleasure and profit by all those interested in Russian film, Russian culture, and the impact of cultural globalization on national cultures.' - Denise J. Youngblood, Professor of History, University of Vermont, USA