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Food as an Instrument of Developing the Image of the Country: Contepmorary English National Cuisine in the Vision of Russian People
Smirnova Galina Evgen'evna

PhD in Cultural Studies

Docent, the department of Regional Studies, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

119192, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Leninskie Gory, d.1, stroenie 13, aud. 209





The subject of the research is the image of England in the perception of English national cuisine by Russians. As special means of reproduction and understanding the reality, the image of an item or matter presents an integral reflection of all processes and phenomena happening in the cultural environment. National cuisine is a significant instrument that develops an image of a country. Creation of an image as a result of experiencing another socio-cultural environment is an important aspect of cross-cultural communication which provides  a better understanding of cultural processes and phenomena. Based on the socio-cultural analysis of letters and memoirs written by Russians at the end of the XXth - beginning of the XXIst centuries, Smirnova deffines the main peculiarities of eating traditions in modern England which gives a new insight into the culture of the region, mentality of people living there and, as a consequence, creates the image of the country and the ground for a successful dialogue of cultures. Introducing new sources for academic analysis that tell us about the understudied aspect of the history of Foggy Albion, Smirnova describes features of the image of this country, national character of Englishmen that has such typical features as traditionalism, tendency towards preservation of local traditions, substantiation, rationalism, adherence to the trends of the time, and ability to adopt values of other cultures. 

Keywords: intercultural communication, dialogue of cultures, cultural values, England in the vision of Russian people, cultural tool, image of country, national English cuisine, eating traditions, English culture, food and culture



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