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Ostanina M.A., Shastina T.P. An English Lady in the “Wild Space” of Siberia (based on Mrs. L. Atkinson’s Recollections of Tartar Steppes and Their Inhabitants). Studia Litterarum, 2018, vol. 3, no 3, pp. 64–81. (In Russ.) 10.22455/2500-4247-2018-3-3-64-81

Author: Maria А. Ostanina
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Maria А. Ostanina, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Gorno-Altaisk State University, 9/1 Lenin Str., office 316, 649000 Gorno-Altaisk, Russia. 
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Author 2: Tatyana P. Shastina
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Tatyana P. Shastina, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Gorno-Altaisk State University, 9/1 Lenin Str., office 415, 649000 Gorno-Altaisk, Russia. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Received: March 18, 2018
Published: September 25, 2018
Issue: 2018 Vol. 3, №3
Department: World Literature
Pages: 64-81

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Keywords: Lucy Atkinson, Thomas Atkinson, Siberia, Altai, travelogue, wild space, Kalmyk


The research has an objective to study the influence of images of mountains of South Siberia on the perception of Siberia by Thomas and Lucy Atkinson, the English travelers, in the middle of the 19th century with regard to an idea of orientalism of the texts of the travellers about Siberia and its images of terra incognita and a wild space. The work singles out an imagiologic dominant in the travelogues, published by the Atkinsons in London. The English travelling literature (ego-documents and imaginary literary works) and land-describing works about Siberia of the second half of the 19 th century have made up the contexts of the research. Lucy Atkinson’s London edition of 1863 is analyzed with the help of a gender approach to the history of the English cultural transfer. An idea of pioneering that corresponds with the desperate passion of the English for traveling is placed in the bases of how L. Atkinson’s letters are interpreted. Her journey is described in the spirit of adventurous literature, which forms her own image of a brave, enduring and reckless traveler. The letters reveal the dominance of a real English lady over women of the Siberian province and women of the indigenous population of the Altai mountainous area.


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