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Ingunn Lunde

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421560

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421560.001.0001

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Confronting Linguistic Legacies

Confronting Linguistic Legacies

Evgenii Popov and Vladimir Sorokin

(p.107) Chapter 7 Confronting Linguistic Legacies
Language on Display

Ingunn Lunde

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter sets out to investigate how the implications and broader dimensions of the Soviet linguistic legacy is represented in two post-Soviet prose texts, Evgenii Popov’s novel Podlinnaia istoriia ‘zelenykh muzykantov’ (The True Story of the ‘Green Musicians’, 1998) and Vladimir Sorokin’s short-story ‘Monoklon’ (2010). Popov’s ‘novel in footnotes’ comments on a text from the 1970s (reproduced in the novel), using humour and satire to expose the emptiness of clichés and make links to the present-day language debates. Sorokin, in turn, invokes the historical memory of Soviet speak through fragments, slogans, words and concepts, creating in his text a ‘simultaniety of the non-simultaneous’ by juxtaposing elements from two very different parts of the Soviet past and showing the need to tackle this past (or these pasts) in present-day Russian society.

Keywords:   Evgenii Popov, Vladimir Sorokin, language ideologies, linguistic legacies, post-Soviet language culture, sociolinguistic change, post-Soviet Russian prose

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