Picturing Russia Explorations in Visual Culture

ISBN-10: 0300164211

ISBN-13: 9780300164213

Edition: 2010

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What can Russian images and objectsa tsar's crown, a provincial watercolor album, the Soviet Pioneer Palacetell us about the Russian people and their culture? This wide-ranging book is the first to explore the visual culture of Russia over the entire span of Russian history, from ancient Kiev to contemporary, post-Soviet society. Illustrated with more than one hundred diverse and fascinating images, the book examines the ways that Russians have represented themselves visually, understood their visual environment, and used visual images in social and political contexts. Expert contributors discuss images and objects from all over the Russian/Soviet empire, including consumer goods, architectural monuments, religious icons, portraits, news and art photography, popular prints, films, folk art, and more. Each of the concise and accessible essays in the volume offers a fresh interpretation of Russian cultural history. Putting visuality itself in focus as never before,Picturing Russiaadds an entirely new dimension to the study of Russian literature, history, art, and culture. The book enriches our understanding of visual documents and shows the variety of ways they serve as far more than mere illustration.
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Seeing into Being: An Introduction
Dirty Old Books
Visualizing and Illustrating Early Rus Housing
The Crosier of St. Stefan of Perm
Sixteenth-Century Muscovite Cavalrymen
Blessed Is the Host of the Heavenly Tsar: An Icon from the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin
The Cap of Monomakh
Church of the Intercession on the Moat / St. Basil's Cathedral
Mapping Serfdom: Peasant Dwellings on Seventeenth-Century Litigation Maps
From Tsar to Emperor: Portraits of Aleksei and Peter I
The Russian Round Table: Aleksei Zubov's Depiction of the Marriage of His Royal Highness, Peter the First, Autocrat of All the Russias
An Icon of Female Authority: The St. Catherine Image of 1721
Conspicuous Consumption at the Court of Catherine the Great: Count Zakhar Chernyshev's Snuffbox
Moving Pictures: The Optics of Serfdom on the Russian Estate
Neither Nobles nor Peasants: Plain Painting and the Emergence of the Merchant Estate
Circles on a Square: The Heart of St. Petersburg Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century
Alexander Ivanov's Appearance of Christ to the People
Lubki of Emancipation
Folk Art and Social Ritual
Personal and Imperial: Fyodor Vasiliev's In the Crimean Mountains
Shop Signs, Monuments, Souvenirs: Views of the Empire in Everyday Life
The Storming of Kars
A. O. Karelin and Provincial Bourgeois Photography
European Fashion in Russia
The Savior on the Waters Church War Memorial in St. Petersburg
Workers in Suits: Performing the Self
Visualizing Masculinity: The Male Sex That Was Not One in Fin-de-Si�cle Russia
Pictographs of Power: The 500-Ruble Note of 1912
Visualizing 1917
Looking at Tatlin's Stove
Soviet Images of Jehovah in the 1920s
National Types
Envisioning Empire: Veils and Visual Revolution in Soviet Central Asia
The Visual Economy of Forced Labor: Alexander Rodchenko and the White Sea-Baltic Canal
The Cinematic Pastoral of the 1930s
Portrait of Lenin: Carpets and National Culture in Soviet Turkmenistan
The Moscow Metro
The Soviet Spectacle: The All-Union Agricultural Exhibitions
Motherland Calling? National Symbols and the Mobilization for War
Visual Dialectics: Murderous Laughter in Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible
Soviet Jewish Photographers Confront World War II and the Holocaust
The Morning of Our Motherland: Fyodor Shurpin's Portrait of Stalin
The Pioneer Palace in the Lenin Hills
Mikhail Romm's Ordinary Fascism
Solaris and the White, White Screen
After Malevich—Variations on the Return to the Black Square
Imagining Soviet Rock: Akvarium's Triangle
Keeping the Ancient Piety: Old Believers and Contemporary Society
Viktor Vasnetsov's Bogatyrs: Mythic Heroes and Sacrosanct Borders Go to Market
Landscape and Vision at the White Sea-Baltic Canal
Chronology of Russian History
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors
Illustration Credits
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