Political Economy of Socialist Realism
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Political Economy of Socialist Realism by Evgeny Dobrenko
Book DescriptionFor decades Stalinist literature, film, and art was almost exclusively deemed political propaganda imposed from on high, devoid of any aesthetic significance. In this book, Evgeny Dobrenko suggests an entirely new view: socialism did not produce Socialist Realism to "prettify reality"; rather, Socialist Realism itself produced socialism by elevating socialism to reality status, giving it material form. Without art, socialism could not have materialized. Bringing together the Soviet historical experience and Stalin-era art-novels, films, poems, songs, painting, photography, architecture, and advertising-Dobrenko examines Stalinism's representational strategies and demonstrates how real socialism was begotten of Socialist Realism. Socialist Realism, he concludes, was Stalinism's most effective sociopolitical institution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300122800
(234mm x 156mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Evgeny Dobrenko
Russian Literature Since 1991, Hardback (November 2015)
An international team of leading experts provide the first comprehensive account of post-Soviet Russian literature.
Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature, Hardback (February 2011)
An overview of the main literary schools, authors and works in modern Russia and the Soviet Union.
Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History, Hardback (August 2009)
Explores the important role played by Stalinist cinema in legitimising Stalinism and producing a Soviet identity. This book looks at Stalinist historical films and the novels from which they drew and shows that they transformed the experience and trauma of the past into a legitimising historical narrative, the basis of a mythology.
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Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin, adult siblings who have just lost their mother, find themselves plunged into the chaotic civil war that erupted in the wake of World War I and the Russian Revolution. In the context of this family's saga, the author recreates the experience of battles, and also the long pauses that come before and after.
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Author Biography - Evgeny Dobrenko
Evgeny Dobrenko is professor in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is author, editor, or co-editor of fifteen books, including Soviet Culture and Power: A History in Documents, 1917-1953, co-edited with Katerina Clark and published by Yale University Press. He lives in Sheffield in England.
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