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Knowing Russia's Convicts: The Other in Narratives of Imprisonment and Exile of the Late Imperial Era

Young, SJ; (2013) Knowing Russia's Convicts: The Other in Narratives of Imprisonment and Exile of the Late Imperial Era. EUROPE-ASIA STUDIES , 65 (9) 1700 - 1715. 10.1080/09668136.2013.844509. Green and gold open access

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Abstract

The essay explores the significance of questions of knowledge to the depiction of prisoners in three prominent katorga narratives from the second half of the nineteenth century: Dostoevskii’s Notes from the House of the Dead, Kennan’s Siberia and the Exile System, and Chekhov’s Sakhalin Island. Comparing the different discourses of unknowability these authors employ, it argues that the relationship of the writers or narrators to the outcast status of the convicts takes their texts beyond the immediate context, to shape views of the penal system as expressing the increasing instability of identity, social hierarchies and moral life in Russia.

Type:Article
Title:Knowing Russia's Convicts: The Other in Narratives of Imprisonment and Exile of the Late Imperial Era
Open access status:An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.
DOI:10.1080/09668136.2013.844509
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2013.844509
Additional information:© 2013 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted.
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)

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