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Consuming Russia


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Part I Introduction
1. Rereading Russia / Adele Marie Barker
2. The Culture Factory: Theorizing the Popular in the Old and New Russia / Adele Marie Barker
Part II Popular Culture
3. Public Offerings: MMM and the Marketing of Melodrama / Eliot Borenstein
4. Gagarin and the Rave Kids: Transforming Power, Identity, and Aesthetics in Post-Soviet Nightlife / Alexei Yurchak
5. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Holy Rus' and Its Alternatives in Russian Rock Music / Julia P. Friedman and Adam Weiner
6. Popular Children's Culture in Post-Perestroika Russia: Songs of Innocence and Experience Revisited / Elizabeth Kristofovich Zelensky
7. Markets, Mirrors, and Mayhem: Aleksandra Marinina and the Rise of the New Russian Detektiv / Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy
8. In Search of an Audience: The New Russian Cinema of Reconciliation / Susan Larsen
9. There Are no Rules on Planet Russia: Post-Soviet Spectator Sport / Robert Edelman
10. Saying "Lenin" and Meaning "Party": Subversion and Laughter in Soviet and Post-Soviet Society / Anna Krylova
11. Going to the Dogs: Pet Life in the New Russia / Adele Marie Barker
Part III Sexualities
12. Publicly Queer: Representations of Queer Subjects and Subjectivities in the Absence of Identity / Laurie Essig
13. Queer Performance: "Male" Ballet / Tim Scholl
14. Pornography in Russia / Paul W. Goldschmidt
Part IV Society and Social Artifacts
15. Body Graphics: Tattooing the Fall of Communism / Nancy Condee
16. Communism as Kitsch: Soviet Symbols in Post-Soviet Society / Theresa Sabonis-Chafee
17. From the Toilet to the Museum: Memory and Metamorphosis of Soviet Trash / Svetlana Boym
18. Paranoid Graffiti at Execution Wall: Nationalist Interpretations of Russia's Travail / John Bushnell
19. "Christianity, Antisemitism, Nationalism": Russian Orthodoxy in a Reborn Orthodox Russia / Judith Deutsch Kornblatt
20. Suspending Disbelief: "Cults" and Postmodernism in Post-Soviet Russia / Eliot Borenstein

About the Author

Adele Marie Barker is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Mother Syndrome in the Russian Folk Imagination and coeditor of Dialogues/Dialogi: Literary and Cultural Exchanges between (Ex)Soviet and American Women, also published by Duke University Press.


" ... this collection of essays analyses the rise of popular culture in Russia following the influx of Western influences... the book is a veritable pot-pourri of the dislocated nature of a society reinventing itself in the image of its imperial past as well as that of the 21st century West ... Although Consuming Russia applauds today's experiment with new forms of "people's" culture rather than the elitism of the past, it is not oblivious to the contradictions inherent in a society in transition."--Morning Star, 4 January 2000 "Adele Marie Baker has compiled some twenty essays on post-Soviet Russian popular culture in a volume concerned with two aspects of this growing area of study: the richness and diversity of expression in 1990s society, and the question of applicability of Western cultural theory to Russia. The result is a most readable, at times disparate, but illuminating and important contribution to our understanding of what we can now describe as the culture of the El'stin era"--S.E.E.R., 79, 3, 2001

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