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Образы помещиков-англоманов в русской литературе XIX века

IXth century. The analysis is based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel «The Squire’s Daughter», and two novels by Ivan Turgenev, «A House of Gentlefolk» and «Fathers and Sons». These novels are representative of the general way anglomaniac characters are depicted in Russian literature of the period. The squires’ obsession with the English lifestyle, education, farming, housekeeping and child rearing methods is treated in a comic vein. Both authors show anglomania as a superficial phenomenon, which is not deeply rooted in the minds of their characters. The peculiarities of the representation of squires-anglomaniacs are projected onto the general attitude to England and the English in Russian society of the XIXth century.