Dina Khapaeva

is director of the Smolny Collegium and lecturer of history at St Petersburg State University. She is author of Gothic Society. Morphology of a Nightmare, Moscow: New Literary Review 2007/ 2008 (in Russian).


History without memory

Gothic morality in post-Soviet society

The witches and werewolves of post-Soviet fantasy fiction embody the morality of a society in denial about its criminal past, writes Dina Khapaeva. “Personal loyalty towards superiors and respect for hierarchy constitute gothic society’s most important and only uncontested law.”

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