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The collection was conceived at an international conference on language and the arts, "Language, Consciousness, and Society," whose organizers aimed to initiate dialogue within an international community of scholars and artists, to open a public arena for the confluence of new voices, including native voices long denied open access to the public sphere in their own country. The concerns raised in these essays continue to provoke debate in contemporary Russian culture.
Russian luminaries include Mikhail Epstein and Arcady Dragomoshchenko on topics such as Russian postmodernism, the state of contemporary artistic culture, comparisons of Soviet literature with new Russian literature, and underground cinema.
The book will appeal to students and scholars of comparative literature and film, to cultural critics interested in cross- and trans-cultural approaches, and to theorists of the contemporary avant-garde.
Ellen E. Berry is Associate Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies, Bowling Green State University, and author of Curved Thought and Textual Wandering: Gertrude Stein's Postmodernism. Anesa Miller-Pogacar is Assistant Professor of Russian, Bowling Green State University.
|Introduction: Recovering Traditions for a New Cultural Era||1|
|The Origins and Meaning of Russian Postmodernism||25|
|Postmodernism: The New Primitive Culture||48|
|Culture and Mythocracy||62|
|New Folklore and Newspeak||79|
|Musical Aspects of Anthropoecology||99|
|National Images of the World||106|
|Transition: The State of Contemporary Artistic Culture||129|
|Soviet Literature: In Memoriam||147|
|The Fountain at Rest: A Small Monograph on Postsocialist Realism||155|
|Conspectus on the Crisis: Sociocultural Conditions and the Literary Process||170|
|New Literature: A Polystylistics of Stereotypes||189|
|A Catalog of the New Poetries||208|
|What can one say?||212|
|Come in, if you can||216|
|Observations on meta||219|
|The Shadow of Reading||227|
|The Poverty of the World and the Fullness of Text: Notes on Space and Text||245|
|Look Who's Here! A New Trend in Soviet Cinema||259|
|Death in Cinema||270|
|Find the Magic Word||289|
|The Sociocultural Potential of Two Forms of Film Consumption||299|
|Cinema Myths and the Future of Culture||311|
|Calocagathy, or the Cinematic Image of Reality||324|
|Film as a Means of the Betterment of Reality||327|
|On Cine-Fantom's "new" criticism as the corpus callosum of film cognition||329|
|Mannerism and Claustrophobia, or Postmodernism: Life after Death||333|
|Afterword: Postmodernism East and West||337|