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For 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 Details

ISBN: 9780300122800
ISBN-10: 0300122802
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 26mm)
Pages: 410
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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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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