Visions of a New Land: Soviet Film from the Revolution to the Second World War / Edition 1

Visions of a New Land: Soviet Film from the Revolution to the Second World War / Edition 1

by Emma Widdis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300092911

ISBN-13: 9780300092912

Pub. Date: 05/11/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

In 1917 the Bolsheviks proclaimed a world remade. The task of the new regime, and of the media that served it, was to reshape the old world in revolutionary form, to transform the vast, "ungraspable" space of the Russian Empire into the mapped territory of the Soviet Union. This book shows how Soviet cinema encouraged popular support for state initiatives in the years

Overview

In 1917 the Bolsheviks proclaimed a world remade. The task of the new regime, and of the media that served it, was to reshape the old world in revolutionary form, to transform the vast, "ungraspable" space of the Russian Empire into the mapped territory of the Soviet Union. This book shows how Soviet cinema encouraged popular support for state initiatives in the years between the revolution and the Second World War, helping to create a new Russian identity and territory—an "imaginary geography" of Sovietness. Drawing on a vast range of little-known texts, Emma Widdis offers a unique cultural history of the early Soviet period. In particular, she shows how films projected the new Soviet map onto the great shared screen of the popular imagination.

Author Biography: Emma Widdis is lecturer in the Slavonic department at the University of Cambridge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300092912
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
Note on Transliteration and Translation....................xi
Introduction: Projecting....................1
Chapter 1. Connecting....................19
Chapter 2. Feeling....................59
Chapter 3. Decentring....................76
Chapter 4. Exploring....................97
Chapter 5. Travelling....................120
Chapter 6. Conquest....................142
Afterword: Mapped?....................190
Notes....................197
Glossary....................221
Filmography....................223
Bibliography....................231
Index....................251

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