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Rereading Global Socialist Cultures After The Cold War

Rereading Global Socialist Cultures After The Cold War

by Dubravka Juraga
     
 

During the Cold War, the West typically represented socialism as a threat to genuine aesthetic achievement. Nonetheless, socialist cultures have produced a rich and varied body of creative works, and socialism continues to be a living force in China and in many regions of the Third World. The essays in this volume begin to reassess the legacy of socialist cultural

Overview

During the Cold War, the West typically represented socialism as a threat to genuine aesthetic achievement. Nonetheless, socialist cultures have produced a rich and varied body of creative works, and socialism continues to be a living force in China and in many regions of the Third World. The essays in this volume begin to reassess the legacy of socialist cultural production in such areas of the world, which were outside the specific scope of influence of either the United States or the Soviet Union during the Cold War era.

The contributors give special attention to the strong anticolonial legacy of socialism and the important role played by socialism in subsequent attempts to build viable postcolonial cultural identities. Included are chapters on creative works from China, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as the works of multicultural artists from the United States who stand in relation to Third World cultures. The essays show that global socialist cultural production was rich and varied during the twentieth century and continues to be so, despite the tribulations experienced by socialism itself. While some of the chapters address theoretical concerns central to all socialist cultures, the volume focuses primarily on socialist cultures in those parts of the globe that were never fully inside either the Soviet or the American bloc.

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As a counter-current to the incessant din of capitalist triumphalism and the portrayal of socialism as grey sameness since about 1990, scholars of literature call attention to the major contributions made by socialist writers to the production of culture in Asia, Africa, and South America. The seven essays draw on a wide range of socialist cultures and the perspectives of individual authors to demonstrate the variety of thought within a socialist paradigm. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275974893
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

DUBRAVKA JURAGA is an independent scholar who has published essays on postcolonial, Russian, and East European literature. She is the coauthor of Bakhtin, Stalin, and Modern Russian Fiction: Carnival, Dialogism, and History (Greenwood, 1995), and of The Caribbean Novel in English: An Introduction (Heinemann, 2000).

M. KEITH BOOKER is Professor of English at the University of Arkansas. He is author of numerous articles and books on modern literature and literary theory, including Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide (Greenwood, 1994), Joyce, Bakhtin, and the Literary Tradition (1996), A Practical Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism (1996), Colonial Power, Colonial Texts: India in the Modern British Novel (1977), The Modern British Novel of the Left: A Research Guide (Greenwood, 1999), The Modern American Novel of the Left: A Research Guide (Greenwood, 1999), and Film and the American Left: A Research Guide (Greenwood, 1999).

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