Political Economy of Socialist Realism

byEvgeny DobrenkoTranslated byJesse M. Savage

October 16, 2007|
Political Economy of Socialist Realism by Evgeny Dobrenko
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For decades Stalinist literature, film, and art was almost exclusively deemed political propaganda imposed from on high, devoid of any aesthetic significance. In this book, Evgeny Dobrenko suggests an entirely new view: socialism did not produce Socialist Realism to "prettify reality"; rather, Socialist Realism itself produced socialism by elevating socialism to reality status, giving it material form. Without art, socialism could not have materialized.

 

Bringing together the Soviet historical experience and Stalin-era art-novels, films, poems, songs, painting, photography, architecture, and advertising-Dobrenko examines Stalinism''s representational strategies and demonstrates how real socialism was begotten of Socialist Realism. Socialist Realism, he concludes, was Stalinism''s most  effective sociopolitical institution. 

 

Title:Political Economy of Socialist Realism
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:408 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.18 in
Shipping dimensions:408 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.18 in
Published:October 16, 2007
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300122800

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