Soviet Culture and Power A History in Documents, 1917-1953
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/28/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Katerina Clark is Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University.
|Note on Transliteration|
|Note on the Documents|
|Soviet Organizational Acronyms and Abbreviations|
|Introduction: The Bolshevization of Culture, 1917-1932|
|"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"|
|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|
|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|
|Introduction: The Culture of Late Stalinism, 1941-1953|
|The Literary Front: The War|
|The Literary Front: "Zhdanovism" and Beyond|
|"The Most Important Art"|
|"The Revolution Has Ended at the Point Where It Began"|
|Glossary of Names|
|List of Documents|