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Title The landscape of Stalinism : the art and ideology of Soviet space / edited by Evgeny Dobrenko and Eric Naiman.
Imprint Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2003.

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Series Studies in modernity and national identity
Studies in modernity and national identity.
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Communism and culture -- Soviet Union.
Socialist realism.
Alt Name Dobrenko, E. A. (Evgenii Aleksandrovich)
Naiman, Eric, 1958-
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 315 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This wide-ranging cultural history explores the expression of Bolshevik Party ideology through the lens of landscape, or, more broadly, space. Portrayed in visual images and words, the landscape played a vital role in expressing and promoting ideology in the former Soviet Union during the Stalin years, especially in the 1930s. At the time, the iconoclasm of the immediate postrevolutionary years had given way to nation building and a conscious attempt to create a new Soviet "culture." In painting, architecture, literature, cinema, and song, images of landscape were enlisted to help mold the masses into joyful, hardworking citizens of a state with a radiant, utopian future - all under the fatherly guidance of Joseph Stalin." "From backgrounds in history, art history, literary studies, and philosophy, the contributors to this volume show how Soviet space was sanctified, coded, and "sold" as an ideological product. They explore the ways in which producers of various art forms used space to express what Katerina Clark calls "a cartography of power"--An organization of the entire country into "a hierarchy of spheres of relative sacredness," with Moscow at the center. The theme of center versus periphery figures prominently in many of the essays, and the periphery is shown often to be paradoxically central."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
Contents Socialist realism and the sacralizing of space / Katerina Clark -- Spatial poetics of the personality cult : circles around Stalin / Jan Plamper -- Spatial figures in Soviet cinema of the 1930s / Oksana Bulgakowa -- "Broad is my motherland" : the mother archetype and space in the Soviet mass song / Hans Gunther -- Art of totality / Boris Groys -- All this can be yours! : Soviet commercial advertising and the social construction of space, 1928-1956 / Randi Cox -- Art of social navigation : the cultural topography of the Stalin era / Evgeny Dobrenko -- "But eastward, look, the land is brighter" : toward a topography of utopia in the Stalinist musical / Richard Taylor -- To explore or conquer? : mobile perspectives on the Soviet cultural revolution / Emma Widdis -- Tabula rasa in the north : the Soviet Arctic and mythic landscapes in Stalinist popular culture / John McCannon -- "Best in the world" : the discourse of the Moscow metro in the 1930s / Mikhail Ryklin -- Russo-Soviet topoi / Mikhail Epstein.
Note English.
ISBN 0295983337
9780295801179 (electronic bk.)
0295801174 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 298104973
Link ACLS Humanities E-Book. URL:
Additional Format Print version: Landscape of Stalinism. Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2003 (DLC) 2003046767

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