Ellen Rutten

Articles by Ellen Rutten

The Boldino Dream and Its Discontents: Quarantine Stories of Russian Writers

The debate on productivity and isolation from the commitments of daily life revives an old question. Does quarantine boost or rather stifle inspiration? In pondering this question, it helps to revisit Russian cultural history, which brims with stories of self-isolated intellectuals – some more fortunate than others. 

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What the Soviet Story Teaches Us about Sincerity

The Soviet story is an instructive reminder of the risky dynamics that can unfold between claims to sincere expression, political pressure, and media manipulation.

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