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One of the most creative periods of Russian culture and the most energized period of the Revolution coincided in the fateful years 1913-1931. During this time both the Party and the intellectuals of Petersburg strove to transform backward Russia into a nation so advanced it would shine like a beacon for the rest of the world. Yet the end result was the Stalinist culture of the 1930s with its infamous purges.

In this new book, Katerina Clark does not attempt to account for such a devolution by looking at the broad political arena. Rather, she follows the quest of intellectuals through these years to embody the Revolution, a focus that casts new light on the formation of Stalinism. This revisionist work takes issue with many existing cultural histories by resisting the temptation to structure its narrative as a saga of the oppressive regime versus the benighted intellectuals. In contrast, Clark focuses on the complex negotiations between the extraordinary environment of a revolution, the utopian striving of both politicians and intellectuals, the local culture system, and that broader environment, the arena of contemporary European and American culture. In doing so, the author provides a case study in the ecology of cultural revolution, viewed through the prism of Petersburg, which on the eve of the Revolution was one of the cultural capitals of Europe. Petersburg today is in the national imagination of modern Russia, a symbol of Westernization and radical change.

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One of the most creative periods of Russian culture and the most energized period of the Revolution coincided in the fateful years 1913-1931. Katerina Clark focuses on the complex negotiations among the extraordinary environment of a revolution, the utopian striving of both politicians and intellectuals, the local culture system, and that broader environment, the arena of contemporary European and American culture.

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Co-Winner, 1996 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

About the Author

Katerina Clark is Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Ecology of Revolution

Revolution as Revelation: The Avant-Garde

Imperial Petersburg, 1913

Masquerade

Theater and Revolution in the New Republic

Petrograd: Ritual Capital of Revolutionary Russia

NEP and the "Art of Capitulation"

Revolutionary Culture Meets the Jazz Age

The Establishment of Soviet Culture

Promethean Linguistics

Straight Talk and the Campaign against Wagner

The Sacralization of Everyday Life

The Ultimate Cultural Revolution

Epilogue: The Thirties

Abbreviations

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674663367
Author:
Clark, Katerina
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Saint petersburg (russia)
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Subject:
History-Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Copyright:
Series Volume:
Crucible of Cultural
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
394
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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