Socialist Cultures East And West

Overview

Decades of Western Cold War propaganda were designed to depict socialism as inimical to genuine aesthetic acheivement. Now, in the wake of the Cold War, it is becoming possible to reassess the past and present cultural productions of artists with socialist inclinations. The essays in this volume begin such a reassessment, finding that socialist cultural production in the 20th century, both as the official culture of the socialist East and as an oppositional culture in the ...

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Overview

Decades of Western Cold War propaganda were designed to depict socialism as inimical to genuine aesthetic acheivement. Now, in the wake of the Cold War, it is becoming possible to reassess the past and present cultural productions of artists with socialist inclinations. The essays in this volume begin such a reassessment, finding that socialist cultural production in the 20th century, both as the official culture of the socialist East and as an oppositional culture in the capitalist West, has been rich and varied.

The volume focuses on socialist culture in the industrialized world, primarily Eastern Europe and the West. An introductory essay overviews socialist cultural productions of the 20th century, while the chapters that follow address a wide range of topics. These include Soviet socialist realist fiction and film musicals, the socialist drama of Bertolt Brecht, and British and American leftist fiction. The volume demonstrates that propagandistic Cold War depictions of socialism as a threat to artistic expression were inaccurate and misleading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275974909
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2002
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (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 the 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 (1997), 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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Reds and the Blacks: The Historical Novel in the Soviet Union and Postcolonial Africa 11
2 From Laughter "Out of Sync" to Post-Synchronized Comedy: How the Stalinist Film Musical Caught Up with Hollywood and Overtook It 31
3 Miroslav Krleza's Zastave: Socialism, Yugoslavia, and the Historical Novel 43
4 The Matter of Art: Reinventing Brecht in the Society of the Spectacle 61
5 Mike Gold or James Joyce?: The Literature of Politics and the Politics of Literature 81
6 Revising the Barricades: Scholarship about the U.S. Cultural Left in the Post-Cold War Era 101
7 Material Grounds: Border and Place in Raymond Williams's Fiction 123
8 Jean Devanny and Dorothy Hewett: Two Australian Industrial Fiction Writers 139
Notes 149
Selected Bibliography 177
Index 183
About the Contributors 187
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