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An Empire Remembered? Collectivization and Colonialism in Mukhamet Shayakhmetov’s 'The Silent Steppe'

THOMAS, Alun (2018) An Empire Remembered? Collectivization and Colonialism in Mukhamet Shayakhmetov’s 'The Silent Steppe'. In: Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions across Literatures from Europe, Africa and the Americas. Peter Lang. (In Press)

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This chapter considers some of the tensions present in Mukhamet Shayakhmetov’s The Silent Steppe: The Memoir of a Nomad under Stalin, which relates the author’s adolescent experiences of collectivization and repression in early Soviet Kazakhstan. The chapter argues that Shayakhmetov exhibits the same ambivalence about the Soviet project as is common in contemporary Kazakhstan, with a representation of the early USSR as both an imperial space and a postcolonial space.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Additional Information: Book chapter in: “Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions across Literatures from Europe, Africa and the Americas.” edited by Dirk Göttsche. Forthcoming, by Oxford; Bern, Peter Lang.
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Alun THOMAS
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 10:58
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 10:58
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4451

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