Mass Culture in Soviet Russia: Tales, Poems, Songs, Movies, Plays, and Folklore, 1917--1953 / Edition 1

Mass Culture in Soviet Russia: Tales, Poems, Songs, Movies, Plays, and Folklore, 1917--1953 / Edition 1

by James von Von Geldern
     
 

This anthology offers a rich array of documents, short fiction, poems, songs, plays, movie scripts, comic routines, and folklore to offer a close look at the mass culture that was consumed by millions in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1953. Both state-sponsored cultural forms and the unofficial culture that flourished beneath the surface are represented. The focus

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This anthology offers a rich array of documents, short fiction, poems, songs, plays, movie scripts, comic routines, and folklore to offer a close look at the mass culture that was consumed by millions in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1953. Both state-sponsored cultural forms and the unofficial culture that flourished beneath the surface are represented. The focus is on the entertainment genres that both shaped and reflected the social, political, and personal values of the regime and the masses. The period covered encompasses the Russian Revolution and Civil War, the mixed economy and culture of the 1920s, the tightly controlled Stalinist 1930s, the looser atmosphere of the Great Patriotic War, and the postwar era ending with the death of Stalin. Much of the material appears here in English for the first time.

A companion 45-minute audio tape (ISBN 0-253-32911-6) features contemporaneous performances of fifteen popular songs of the time, with such favorites as "Bublichki," "The Blue Kerchief," and "Katyusha." Russian texts of the songs are included in the book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253209696
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
1,189,479
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Note: Performances of entries marked with an asterisk are on the accompanying cassette tape.,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, ix,
INTRODUCTION BY JAMES VON GELDERN, xi,
NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION, xxix,
I. The Revolution and New Regime, 1917—1927,
II. The Stalinist Thirties,
III. Russia at War,
IV. The Postwar Era,
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY, 491,

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