Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda

Paperback | February 27, 2006

EditorKevin M. F. Platt, David Brandenberger

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Focusing on a number of historical and literary personalities who were regarded with disdain in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution—figures such as Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Lermontov—Epic Revisionism tells the fascinating story of these individuals’ return to canonical status during the darkest days of the Stalin era. 

    An inherently interdisciplinary project, Epic Revisionism features pieces on literary and cultural history, film, opera, and theater. This volume pairs scholarly essays with selections drawn from Stalin-era primary sources—newspaper articles, unpublished archival documents, short stories—to provide students and specialists with the richest possible understanding of this understudied phenomenon in modern Russian history.


“These scholars shed a great deal of light not only on Stalinist culture but on the politics of cultural production under the Soviet system.”—David L. Hoffmann, Slavic Review

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Focusing on a number of historical and literary personalities who were regarded with disdain in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution—figures such as Peter the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, and Mikhail Lermontov—Epic Revisionism tells the fascinating story of these individuals’ return to canonical status duri...

Kevin M. F. Platt is associate professor and chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. David Brandenberger is assistant professor of history at the University of Richmond.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:February 27, 2006Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299215040

ISBN - 13:9780299215040

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“A marvelous work.”—Andrew M. Drozd, Slavic and East European Journal