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    Flynn, Molly (2016) Show us your papers. Problems of Post-Communism 63 (1), pp. 16-26. ISSN 1075-8216.

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    This article considers the staging of documents and national identity in Talgat Batalov’s 2012 theatre production Uzbek, an autobiographical solo show that recounts Batalov’s experience emigrating from Tashkent to Moscow at the age of nineteen. Through its close reading of Uzbek in performance, this study illustrates how the author uses irony and humor to both embody and elucidate the sociospatial discourse that posits Russia as the “modern center” to Central Asia’s “pre-modern periphery.” Additionally, this article explores how by presenting his audiences with his actual immigration records, and undermining their credibility, Batalov activates the unreliable status of documents in contemporary Russian culture.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 13:47
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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