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Is this the Futu.re? Russian Cosmism and the Construction of an Immor(t)al Utopia

Chapter in book
Authors Iril Hove Ullestad
Published in Broken Mirrors: Representations of Apocalypses and Dystopias in Popular Culture / edited by Joe Trotta, Zlatan Filipovic, Houman Sadri.
Pages 90-104
ISBN 9780367235918
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Pages 90-104
Language en
Keywords Russian Cosmism, Fedorov, Russian literature, Dmitry Glukhovsky, anti-utopia, dystopia, popular culture, speculative fiction
Subject categories General Literature Studies, Specific Literatures

Abstract

By using Dmitry Glukhovsky’s 2013 novel Futu.re as framework, this chapter seeks to present and comment on the dystopian motif in recent Russian literature. Holve Ullestad argues that much of what is stirring in this literary field today has roots in a peculiar movement that grew out of the utopian ideas of Russian philosophers Nikolaj Fedorov and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, today known as Russian Cosmism. While dormant for many years, it has now reawakened to find itself at the centre of Russian culture in a new movement, sometimes labelled as The Antiutopia Factory. Throughout this chapter, Hove Ullestad discusses the historical background of these movements in connection with the immense popularity of dystopian narratives in present-day Russia.

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