Soviet Heroic Poetry In Context: Folklore Or Fakelore by Margaret ZiolkowskiSoviet Heroic Poetry In Context: Folklore Or Fakelore by Margaret Ziolkowski

Soviet Heroic Poetry In Context: Folklore Or Fakelore

byMargaret Ziolkowski

Paperback | March 27, 2017

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Soviet Heroic Poetry in Context discusses key issues surrounding the composition and recording of folklore as well as its often intensely political aspect and its preoccupation with chimerical cultural authority. These issues are dramatically displayed in Soviet epic compositions of the 1930s and 1940s, the so-called noviny ("new songs"), which took their formal inspiration largely from traditional Russian epic songs, byliny ("songs of the past"), and their narrative content from contemporary, political, and other events in Stalinist Russia. The story of the noviny is at once complex and comprehensible. While it may be tempting to interpret the excrescences of Stalinism as unique aberrations, the reality was often more complicated. The noviny were not simply the result of political fiat, an episode in an ideological vacuum. Their emergence occurred in part because of specific trends and controversies that marked European folklore collection and publication from at least the late eighteenth century on, as well as developments in Russian folkloristics from the mid-nineteenth century on that assumed exaggerated proportions. The demise of the noviny was equally mediated by a host of political and theoretical considerations. This study tells the story of the rise and fall of the noviny in all its cultural richness and pathos, an instructive tale of the interaction of aesthetics and ideology.
Margaret Ziolkowski is professor of Russian at Miami University (Ohio). She has worked on topics in Russian literature ranging from the medieval to the contemporary.
Title:Soviet Heroic Poetry In Context: Folklore Or FakeloreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9.12 × 5.88 × 0.69 inPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:University of Delaware PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1611496519

ISBN - 13:9781611496512


Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: Tampering with the Folkloric Evidence: Famous and Infamous European PrecedentsChapter 2: Oral Composition: Early Russian Observations and AssumptionsChapter 3: Engaging with the Folk in Pre-Revolutionary RussiaChapter 4: The Making of the NovinyChapter 5: The Poetics and Politics of the NovinyChapter 6: Devaluing the NovinyChapter 7: Late and Post-Soviet Folkloristic Assessment of the NovinyConclusionSelected BibliographyAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Growing up in the USSR, we were constantly bombarded by a stream of 'folk' music glorifying labour and patriotism in epic terms. We always wondered about how much of the material was truly folklore, and how much simple propaganda emulating it. Now, Margaret Ziolkowski, a scholar of Russian history and literature addresses the question head on. Subtitled 'Folklore or Fakelore', this volume analyzes the distinction, concentrating primarily on the Soviet epic compositions under Stalin before the Second World War. It looks at the earlier European precedents of tampering with folk compositions and art, from Macpherson's wholesale invention to Grimm brothers romanticizing tendencies, to methodological and compilation problems of Lönnrot and Karadzic and applies the results to the analysis of Russian 'noviny', their rise and fall, concluding with a look at the post-Soviet reappraisal of the genre. Of interest to students of folklore in general and specifically to those studying Russian and Soviet art-forms.