Lina Shaw

Lina Shaw

Lina Shaw (2018)


PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Thesis title or Research Area

The Phenomenon of Orthodox Bestsellers in Contemporary Russia

My research is aimed at providing a better insight into the contemporary intellectual and cultural climate in Russia. Analysis of contemporary Orthodox bestsellers was conducted in an effort to discuss their literary and cultural values and to explain their widespread appeal, focusing on the historical, social and political concerns that inform the Orthodox book market. The study of major Orthodox publishing phenomena adds a new perspective and facilitates a fuller vision of contemporary Russian mainstream literature. In the way how the authors negotiate meaning of the faith and how they present its belief practices, and in acceptance of some discourses and in tolerance of others, we can gain insight into the nature of current Russian religious boom and where the Russian people see themselves in the process.