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  • 1.
    Cederlöf, Henriette
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Comparative Literature. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS). Stockholms universitet, Slaviska institutionen.
    Alien Places in Late Soviet Science Fiction: The "Unexpected Encounters" of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky as Novels and Films2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation deals with how science fiction reflects the shift in cultural paradigms that occurred in the Soviet Union between the 1960s and the 1970s. Interest was displaced from the rational to the irrational, from a scientific-technologically oriented optimism about the future to art, religion, philosophy and metaphysics. Concomitant with this shift in interests was a shift from the future to an elsewhere or, reformulated in exclusively spatial terms, from utopia to heterotopia.

    The dissertation consists of an analysis of three novels by the Strugatsky brothers (Arkady, 1925-1991 and Boris 1933-2012): Inspector Glebsky’s Puzzle (Otel’ U pogibšego al’pinista, 1970), The Kid (Malyš, 1971) and Roadside Picnic (Piknik na obočine, 1972) and two films Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (Hukkunud alpinisti hotell/ Otel’ U pogibšego al’pinista, Kromanov, 1979) and Stalker (Tarkovsky, 1980).  The three novels, allegedly treatments of the theme of contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence, were intended to be published in one volume with the title Unexpected Encounters. The films are based on two of the novels.

    In the novels an earlier Marxist utopia has given way to a considerably more ambiguous heterotopia, largely envisioned as versions of the West. An indication of how the authors here seem to look back towards history rather than forward towards the future is to be found in the persistent strain of literary Gothic that runs through the novels. This particular trait resurfaces in the films as well. 

    The films reflect how tendencies only discernable in the novels have developed throughout the decade, such as the budding Soviet consumer culture and the religious sensibilities of the artistic community.

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    Cederlöf, Henriette
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Science Fiction, East and West: Clarke, Ciolkovskij, Farmer and Fëdorov: A Tentative Discussion about Possible Influences, Curious Coincidences, and the Flow of Ideas between Science Fiction and Philosophy in the East and West2010In: Europe - Evropa?: cross-cultural dialogues between the West, Russia, and Southeastern Europe : contributions to the conference "Eastern manifestations of Western ideas - or vice versa? The cases of Russia and southeastern Europe," held at the University of Helsinki 20th-22nd August 2008 / [ed] Maija Könönen, Juhani Nuorluoto, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2010, p. 169-181Conference paper (Refereed)
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    Cederlöf, Henriette
    Södertörn University College, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Strannoe cado XXogo veka: Gender as Cosmic Mystery In Arkady and Boris Strugatskys' Otel' U pogibsego al'pinista2008In: Orientalia Parthenopea, ISSN 1972-3598, no 8, p. 117-126Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article consists of an attempt introducing two texts to each other: the Strugatsky brothers’ 1969 novel Otel’ U pogibsego al’pinista and Donna Haraway’s influential essay “A Manifesto for Cyborgs”. Following a discussion of three utopian identities, the androgyne, the cyborg and the dolphin, I analyze the representation of ambiguous gender in the text in order to place it within a particular context.

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