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Pride and Panic
Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film
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ISBN 9781841501567
Hardback 144 pages
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Published April 2007
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Yana Hashamova
Books in Film Studies
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Through the looking-glass of Russian national cinema, Pride and Panic explores Russia’s anxious adjustment towards the expansion of Western culture. Russian film is shown, in both its creation and perception, to expose the intriguing dynamics of societal psychological conditions.

Using specific film examples, the book delves into the subterranean recesses of Russian national consciousness, exposing an internal ambivalence and complex cultural reaction towards the rise of the West. These fears, fantasies and tremulous anxieties are examined through the representation of the West in films by both established and lesser-known Russian directors. Using a highly original and unorthodox approach, the author parallels the shifting dynamics of attitudes and identity in Russia, caused by globalization, to stages of development in an individual human psyche.

The book cohesively unveils the psychological turmoil experienced by Russia towards a change in global relations. A text of particular interest to scholars, students and readers involved with contemporary film and, in particular, Russian cinema and culture.

Chapter titles
Chapter 1: 'The Western Other (Foe and Friend): Screening Temptations and Fears' - Page 19
Yana Hashamova
Chapter 2: 'The Russian Hero: Fantasies of Wounded National Pride' - Page 39
Yana Hashamova
Chapter 3: 'Mobilizing Internal Forces: The Idealized Past and Culture' - Page 63
Yana Hashamova
Chapter 4: '(Im)possible Relationships: Looking for the Other' - Page 83
Yana Hashamova
Chapter 5: 'West, East, and Russia: Ambivalence, Reflection, and Traversing the Fantasy' - Page 97
Yana Hashamova
Conclusion: The West and Beyond - Page 112
Yana Hashamova
Reviews
'Lucid and eminently accessible, Pride and Panic differs from other studies of contemporary Russian film in its theoretical framework, which incorporates psychoanalysis, gender, and concepts of alterity and community to analyze Russia's post-Soviet embattled cinematic reconstruction of masculine and national identity. An absorbing "read", the book pursues its argument of comprehensive politico-social trauma with consistency and conviction.' – Helena Goscilo, Professor of Slavic, University of Pittsburgh

'The accessibility of Pride and Panic commends it as a course reader and handbook for undergraduate students of contemporary Russian film and culture. It can be recommended as a good introduction for members of the general public keen to know more about Russian cinematography and its bearing on the complex identities emerging in post-Soviet Russian today.' – Galina Miazhevich, Russian Journal of Communication

'Yana Hashamova offers an important contribution and her analysis is recommended for all levels of interest in post-Soviet Russian cinema, from academic film scholar to cineaste.' – Lars Kristensen, Senses of Cinema

'[This book] shows a close reading of a voluminous amount of literature, thoughtful viewings of the films, and the ability to bring quite diverse subject matter and approaches together into a fascinating study of Russian film at the millennium.' – Alexandra Heidi Karriker, The Russian Review

'Political ideology, psychoanalysis and cinema come together in Yana Hashamova's reading of Russian national identity as developed and expressed through film.' – Trina R. Mamoon, Canadian Slavonic Papers

'Hashamova’s desire to go beyond the “Russia versus the West” framework proves to be a very sensible interpretative move, as the volume ties together Russian history, the issues of cinema and representation and critical theory in a way that is bound to engage any reader interested in these subjects. ' – Daria Kabanova, University of Illinois

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