Greetings, Pushkin!: Stalinist Cultural Politics and the Russian National Bard

Greetings, Pushkin!: Stalinist Cultural Politics and the Russian National Bard

by Jonathan Brooks Platt

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Greetings, Pushkin!: Stalinist Cultural Politics and the Russian National Bard by Jonathan Brooks Platt

In 1937, the Soviet Union mounted a national celebration commemorating the centenary of poet Alexander Pushkin’s death. Though already a beloved national literary figure, the scale and feverish pitch of the Pushkin festival was unprecedented. Greetings, Pushkin! presents the first in-depth study of this historic event and follows its manifestations in art, literature, popular culture, education, and politics, while also examining its philosophical underpinnings.
            Jonathan Brooks Platt looks deeply into the motivations behind the Soviet glorification of a long-dead poet—seemingly at odds with the October Revolution’s radical break with the past. He views the Pushkin celebration as a conjunction of two opposing approaches to time and modernity: monumentalism, which points to specific moments and individuals as the origin point for cultural narratives, and eschatology, which glorifies ruptures in the chain of art or thought and the destruction of canons.
            In the midst of the Great Purge, the Pushkin jubilee was a critical element in the drive toward a nationalist discourse that attempted to unify and subsume the disparate elements of the Soviet Union, supporting the move to “socialism in one country.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981428
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/10/2016
Series: Russian and East European Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Jonathan Brooks Platt is assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Introduction. Pushkin in the Time of Stalin Chapter One. The Russian Bard in the Land of Soviets Chapter Two. Learning to Live with Pushkin: Pedagogical Texts and Practices Chapter Three. Pushkin Today: Critical and Scholarly Writing Chapter Four. Transfixed at the Threshold: Visual Art and Ekphrastic Writing Chapter Five. History on Horseback: Literature, Drama, and Film Conclusion. The Legacy of the Jubilee Notes Bibliography Index

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