Hoodlums, Upstarts and Bourgeois in Russian TV Series

  • Katharina Klingseis (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


TV series constitute a narrative discursive space of a very special kind. This is due, for one thing, to the specifics of filmic narration (cf. to Monaco 2009), and for another, to the ubiquity of serials on TV and the web. The paper will summarise first results of an analysis of two Russian TV series. My focus will be on how social classes are represented, how interaction across classes is depicted, what social groups are excluded from representation in the series, what places and kinds of action are accessible and to whom. “Chuzhoe gnezdo” (my transl. “The ill-gotten ancestral home”) tells about the current lives and intertwined histories of two former ‘noble’ families. The series comprises to date 60 sequences and started in July 2015 on Rossiya 1. “Real’nye pacany” (my transl. “Genuine guys”) is a comedy about the vicissitudes of fate of a group of working-class young men trying to get rich quickly. It started in 2010, season 4 having been broadcast on TNT in April-Mai 2015. As to the methodology, there will be narrative analysis inspired by Fiske (2011), Igartua et al. (2012) and Khitrov (2015) complemented by analyses of the pertinent discussions of the audience on the web (http://bigcinema.tv and vkontakte), information on audience ratings and on the production and broadcasting contexts.
Period5 Sept 20167 Sept 2016
Event titleCADAAD 2016
Event typeUnknown
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 605004 Cultural studies
  • 602047 Slavonic studies
  • 602004 General linguistics
  • 605