Stereotyping Interethnic Communication: The Siberian Native in Soviet Literature

  • Johanna Nichols

Abstract

During the Soviet years a number of popular Russian literary works were published in which native Siberian individuals are depicted in interactions with urban and typically non-Siberian Russians.1 The first of these Siberians is Dersu Uzala of the classic works by V. K. Arsen’ev. In most such works the narrator shows a patronizing attitude toward the Siberian, who is treated as less than fully adult in language use and reasoning.

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