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Contemporary Issues of Studying of Western European and Russian Mindset (According to the Results of Russian Nationwide Conference “National Identity through Language and Literature. Characteristics of Conceptosphere of a National Culture”)

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2015. Vol. 4. No. 1. Pp. 22-33.
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Ratsiburskaya L. V.
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod
23 Gagarin Ave., 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Sharypina T. A.
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod
23 Gagarin Ave., 603950 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia


He work of the Russian nationwide conference “National identity through language and literature. Characteristics of conceptoshere of national culture” is analyzed in the article. Previous theoretical sources on the issue in question are summarized. The matters represented in the considered scientific forum are generalized. Diachronic analysis of national cultural consciousness as well as complex cognitive-based approach are used to investigate the issue. Special attention is paid to the study of linguistic world-image as exemplified in fiction, folklore, religious texts, business papers, scholarly works and media texts, as well as to the research of intercultural communication in the era of multiculturalism and globalization. As long as terms “cultural code”, “national code”, and “fictional code” are not precisely defined, the problem of terminological field was noted, as well as the issue of linguo-cognitive interpretation of methods for representing country image in linguistic consciousness. The attention was paid to Russian as a foreign language, to perception and transforming of European cultural codes by American and western European writers in synchronous and diachronic ways. Geopolitical factor of North and South that matters both in global (European) and local (in a particular countries) context was noted, particularly the issue of German distinction of the modern European mindset was reviewed. Lots of speaker papers mirrored interdisciplinary links that is of importance for contemporary scholarship in the context of globalization and multicultural society. Up-to-date schools of thought in the field of linguistics, literary studies and journalism were represented.


  • • national and culture-historical identity
  • • reception
  • • interpretation
  • • national identity
  • • multiculturalism
  • • national stereotypes
  • • linguistic world-image
  • • intercultural communication


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