Identity Representation Of The Russian Germans Of Omsk Region In The Literature


Recent process of globalization leads to the development of generally accepted laws, standards, and values, on the one hand. On the other hand, it stipulates the necessity of preservation of different ethnic groups’ history, culture, and language. Investigating ethnic and regional identity is a continuing concern of ethnologists, historians, sociologists, and linguists. The past few decades of philological research have seen an increasing interest in “transnational literature”. We suppose that “transnational literature” evinces the perception of the author’s identity, namely, its ethnic and regional aspects. The objective of our research was to identify and describe regional and ethnic identity elements represented in the literature of Russian Germans when describing their life in Omsk region. According to the data of sociological and ethnographic investigations, the Russian Germans on the territory of Omsk Region are mainly villagers. Most studies of German traditions and language preservation are carried out in rural districts. An interdisciplinary approach integrating discourse, contextual and semantic analyses, as well as linguocultural interpretation, is applied. Investigations of ethnic groups’ identity and literature studies of the Russian German authors living in Omsk region became a theoretical basis of our research. The analysis allows us to conclude that regional and ethnic identity is presented mostly in the description of Omsk region as a native land. We identified four thematic groups: territorial, social, language, cultural. Every group consists of both regional and ethnic identity components. Regional identity prevails in territorial and social semantic groups, while ethnic identity predominates in language and cultural ones.

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Novikova, E. V., Esmurzaeva, Z. B., Evtugova, N. N., Malenova, E. D., & Gatsura, N. I. (2022). Identity Representation Of The Russian Germans Of Omsk Region In The Literature. In & I. Savchenko (Ed.), Freedom and Responsibility in Pivotal Times, vol 125. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 1191-1198). European Publisher.