Nietzsche and Soviet Culture: Ally and Adversary

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-03
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This pioneering study shows for the first time the extent and diversity of the impact of Nietzschean ideas on Soviet literature and culture. It examines the Nietzschean roots of early Soviet literature, theater and architecture, Soviet political culture, the work of disaffected writers and thinkers and that of intellectuals of the non-Russian nationalities. It offers a fresh perspective on the origins, formative years, and subsequent development of Soviet literature and culture, and raises new issues for research and discussion.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction Bernice
Nietzsche and the Prerevolutionary Roots of Soviet Culture:
Nietzsche and the young Mayakovsky
Khlebnikov and Nietzsche: pieces of an incomplete mosaic
Apollonianism and Christian art: Nietzsche's influence on Acmeism
Armchair anarchists and salon supermen: Russian occultists read Nietzsche
Nietzsche and Soviet Initiatives in the Arts:
Nietzschean leaders and followers in Soviet mass theater, 1917-27
Revolution as an aesthetic phenomenon: Nietzschean motifs in the reception of Isaac Babel (1923-32)
Nietzschean implications and superhuman aspirations in the architectural avant-garde
Nietzscheanism and the return of Pushkin in twentieth-century Russian culture (1899-1937)
Adaptations of Nietzsche in Soviet Ideology:
Nietzschean motifs in the Komsomol's vanguardism
Nietzschean roots of Stalinist culture
Superman imagery in Soviet photography and photomontage
Nietzsche among Disaffected Writers and Thinkers:
From beyond the abyss: Nietzschean myth in Zamiatin's We and Pasternak's Doctor
Mandelstam, Nietzsche, and the conscious creation of history
Nietzsche's influence on the non-official culture of the 1930s
Nietzsche and the Nationalities: A Case Study:
Nietzsche's influence on Hebrew writers of the Russian empire
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