Synopses & Reviews
This book is the first interdisciplinary treatment of the mythic image of the Decembrists, a group of Russian noble officers who attempted, but failed, to overthrow the tsarist government in 1825. By exploring Russian literature, history, film and opera this book shows how the Decembrist myth evolved over time depending on political agendas. Though originally it functioned as a myth of opposition to authority and espoused self-sacrifice, it later became a legitimating myth for the Soviet regime. Ludmilla Trigos reveals how the Decembrist myth inspired generations of Russian revolutionaries and writers and still retains its hold on the Russian cultural imagination.
About the Author
Ludmilla A. Trigos received her Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, Drew University and New York University. She has published on nineteenth-and twentieth-century Russian literature, cultural mythologies, and violence and is the co-editor of Under the Sky of My Africa: Alexander Pushkin and Blackness.
Table of Contents
Introduction * The Decembrist Myth in the Nineteenth Century * Literariness and Self-Fashioning in the Decembrists Memoirs * The Image in Flux in the Early Twentieth Century * The Battle over Representation during the Centennial * Centennial Representations in Fiction and Film * Re-Writing Russian History: Stalin Era Representations * The Decembrists and Dissidence: Myth and Anti-Myth from the 1960s-1980s * The Decembrists De-Sacralization in the Glasnost and Post-Soviet Eras * Epilogue