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ERIC Number: EJ885109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0143-4632
Between East and West Is North: The Loyalties and Allegiances of Russian Authors and Painters Living in EU Estonia
Rouillard, Remy
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v26 n5 p391-408 2005
The development of the Russian intelligentsia is closely related to discourses concerning Russia's position vis-a-vis Europe and the Western world, such as those of Slavophiles and Westernisers. This paper is about Russian authors and painters who are now becoming part of Europe, as the country in which they live, Estonia, has recently entered the European Union (EU). More precisely, it examines the ways in which these people perceived their position and felt related to Estonia, Russia and Europe at a time when the Estonian state was implementing a vast policy of integration of non-Estonians and preparing for its entry into the EU. The perception that these members of the Russian arts community of Estonia have of this integration process reveals their multiple attachments to Russia and Estonia, as well as to the Russian and Estonian languages and cultures. As the state's definition of integration seems to associate the loyalty of non-Estonians with the knowledge of the Estonian language, these different forms of identification to Estonia and Russia suggest that the Estonian authorities might do well to consider forms of loyalty expression other than or in addition to knowledge of the republic's official language. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia; Russia