9780253217929

Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253217929

  • ISBN10:

    025321792X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

What did it mean to live as a subject of early Soviet modernity? In the 1920s and 1930s, in an environment where every element of daily life was supposed to be transformed by Soviet ideology, routine activities became ideologically significant, subject to debate and change. Drawing on original archival materials and theoretically informed, the essays in this volume examine ways in which Soviet citizens sought to align their private lives with the public nature of Soviet experience by taking the Revolution "inside." Topics discussed include the new sexuality, family loyalty during the Terror, the advertisement of Soviet commodities, the employment of domestic servants, children's toys and Pioneer camps, and narratives of self, ranging from diaries to secret police statements to monologues on the Soviet screen and stage. Bringing into dialogue essays by scholars in history, literature, sociology, art history, and film studies, this interdisciplinary volume contributes to the growing understanding of the Soviet Union as part of the history of modernity, rather than its totalitarian "other."Christina Kiaer is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University. She is author of The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism (forthcoming, 2005).Eric Naiman is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology and of many articles on Soviet literature, history, and culture.

Author Biography

Christina Kiaer is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University and author of Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism.

Eric Naiman is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii
Introduction
CHRISTINA KIAER AND ERIC NAIMAN
1(22)
1. The Two Faces of Anastasia: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Identity in Stalinist Everyday Life
SHEILA FITZPATRICK
23(12)
2. Visual Pleasure in Stalinist Cinema: Ivan Pyr'ev's The Party Card
LILYA KAGANOVSKY
35(26)
3. Terror of Intimacy: Family Politics in the 1930's Soviet Union
CYNTHIA HOOPER
61(31)
4. Fear on Stage: Afinogenov, Stanislaysky, and the Making of Stalinist Theater
BORIS WOLFSON
92(27)
5. "NEP Without Nepmen!" Soviet Advertising and the Transition to Socialism
RANDI COX
119(34)
6. Panic, Potency, and the Crisis of Nervousness in the 1920's
FRANCES BERNSTEIN
153(30)
7. Delivered from Capitalism: Nostalgia, Alienation, and the Future of Reproduction in Tret'iakov's I Want a Child!
CHRISTINA KIAER
183(34)
8. "The Withering of Private Life": Walter Benjamin in Moscow
EVGENII BERSHTEIN
217(13)
9. When Private Home Meets Public Workplace: Service, Space, and the Urban Domestic in 1920's Russia
REBECCA SPAGNOLO
230(26)
10. Shaping the "Future Race": Regulating the Daily Life of Children in Early Soviet Russia
CATRIONA KELLY
256(26)
11. The Diary as Initiation and Rebirth: Reading Everyday Documents of the Early Soviet Era
NATALIA KOZLOVA
282(17)
CONTRIBUTORS 299(2)
INDEX 301

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