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Russian Cultural Studies

Intended as a companion to Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of Revolution: 1881-1940 (also published by OUP) and covering a later period until the present day, this stimulating, original, and controversial book will not only be a vital resource for university courses on Russian culture at undergraduate and postgraduate level but essential reading for all those interested in Russian culture in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. In a wide-ranging account of a variety of cultural forms and sites of cultural production-literature, cinema, radio, television, the visual arts, journalism, advertising and consumerism, music, theatre, the Church-the book sets out to give greater prominence to the processes of cultural reception than in previous texts. The book highlights the role images of national identity, gender politics , youth culture and the interaction of public and private consciousness have played in the formation of cultural forms in the USSR and post-communist Russia. Drawing extensively but critically on the theoretical agenda of contemporary cultural studies the book challenges the 'top-down' model according to which cultural production is determined principally by its relationship to 'high' politics and political institutions. Contributors include leading specialists in Russian literature, cultural history, and cultural theory from Britain, the USA, and Russia and the text is liberally illustrated with picture features and includes a chronology of events and suggestions for further reading with each section.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Cultural Studies? ; PART I: THE POLITICS OF LITERATURE ; 2. 'Revolutionary' Models for High Literature: Resisting Poetics ; 3. Culture and Crisis: The Intelligentsia and Literature After 1953 ; Suggested Further Reading ; PART II: THEATRE, MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS ; 4. Performing Culture: Theatre ; 5. Music in the Socialist State ; 6. Soviet Music after the Death of Stalin: The Legacy of Shostakovich ; 7. Building a New Reality: The Visual Arts, 1921-53 ; 8. The Art of the Political Poster ; Suggested Further Reading ; PART III: CINEMA, MEDIA, THE RUSSIAN CONSUMER ; 9. Cinema ; 10. The Media as Social Engineer ; 11. Creating a Consumer: Advertising and Commercialisation ; Suggested Further Reading ; PART IV: IDENTITIES: POPULISM, RELIGION, EMIGRATION ; 12. The Retreat from Dogmatism: Populism Under Krushchev and Brezhnev ; 13. Religion and Orthodoxy ; 14. Russian Culture and Emigration, 1921-53 ; Suggested Further Reading ; PART V: SEXUALITY, GENDER, YOUTH CULTURE ; 15. Sexuality ; 16. Gender Angst in Russian Society and Cinema in the Post-Stalin Era ; 17. 'The Future is Ours': Youth Culture in Russia, 1953 to the Present ; Suggested Further Reading ; Conclusion: Towards Post-Soviet Pluralism? Postmodernism and Beyond ; Chronology of Events from 1861 ; Analytical Index of Names and Places ; Subject Index

About the Author

Catriona Kelly is Reader in Russian and Fellow at New College, Oxford David Shepherd is Professor of Russian and Director of the Bakhtin Centre at the University of Sheffield


"A rich and fascinating account of Russian culture...which somehow manages to be as deep as it is broad." Graham Roberts, University of Surrey Reviewed alongside Constructing Russian Culture by the same authors: "Two wide-ranging, stimulating and hugely impressive should not underestimate the enormous and invaluable contribution this ambitious project makes to our understanding of Russia and Russian culture." Graham Roberts, University of Surrey Reviewed alongside Constructing Russian Culture by the same authors, "The two books are kind to the reader...Parts and paragraphs have got attractive and orientated titles...Many illustrations...The reviewed publication in two volumes gives a good view of the problems of Russian culture", Prof.Dr. Witold Kosny,University of Roestock

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