Soviet Culture and Power A History in Documents, 1917-1953

ISBN-10: 0300106467
ISBN-13: 9780300106466
Edition: 2007
List price: $60.00
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/28/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Leaders of the Soviet Union, Stalin chief among them, well understood the power of art, and their response was to attempt to control and direct it in every way possible. This book examines Soviet cultural politics from the Revolution to Stalin's death in 1953. Drawing on a wealth of newly released documents from the archives of the former Soviet Union, the book provides remarkable insight on relations between Gorky, Pasternak, Babel, Meyerhold, Shostakovich, Eisenstein, and many other intellectuals, and the Soviet leadership. Stalin's role in directing these relations, and his literary judgments and personal biases, will astonish many. The documents presented in this volume reflect the progression of Party control in the arts. They include decisions of the Politburo, Stalin's correspondence with individual intellectuals, his responses to particular plays, novels, and movie scripts, petitions to leaders from intellectuals, and secret police reports on intellectuals under surveillance. Introductions, explanatory materials, and a biographical index accompany the documents.

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

Introduction
Note on Transliteration
Note on the Documents
Soviet Organizational Acronyms and Abbreviations
The Twenties
Introduction: The Bolshevization of Culture, 1917-1932
"Prohibit Travel..."
"The Utterly Indecent Proposal to Preserve the Bolshoi Theater"
Organizing the "Artistic Milieu": The Era of NEP
The Organization of Proletarian Art: The Cultural Revolution
"Gorky, Whom No One Takes Seriously in Politics"
Work with the "Anti-Soviet Intelligentsia"
The Thirties
Introduction: The Culture of High Stalinism, 1932-1941
The Demise of RAPP
The Writers' Congress
The Gorky Factor
The Union of Soviet Writers
Stalin and the Moscow Art Theater
The Anti-Formalist Campaign
The Campaign for a Patriotic Culture
The Censorship
Presenting the Image of the Leader
Stalin as Patron-Potentate
Reports on Writers from the NKVD and Soviet Officials
Petitions to Stalin
The Stalin-Sholokhov Exchange
The Porties
Introduction: The Culture of Late Stalinism, 1941-1953
The Literary Front: The War
The Literary Front: "Zhdanovism" and Beyond
"The Most Important Art"
"Moments Musicaux"
"The Revolution Has Ended at the Point Where It Began"
Notes
Glossary of Names
List of Documents
Index

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