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Stalin's ghosts: Gothic themes in early Soviet literature

Stalin's ghosts: Gothic themes in early Soviet literature

Maguire, Muireann, author

Examines the impact of the Gothic-fantastic on Russian literature in the period 1920-1940. This title shows how early Soviet-era authors exploited traditional archetypes of this genre: the haunted castle, the deformed body, vampires, villains, madness and unnatural death. Stalin's Ghosts examines the impact of the Gothic-fantastic on Russian literature in the period 1920-1940. It shows how early Soviet-era authors, from well-known names including Fedor Gladkov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrei Platonov and Evgenii Zamiatin, to niche figures such as Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskii and Aleksandr Beliaev, exploited traditional archetypes of this genre: the haunted castle, the deformed body, vampires, villains, madness and unnatural death. Complementing recent studies of Soviet culture by Eric Naiman and Lilya Kaganovsky, this book argues that Gothic-fantastic tropes functioned variously as a response to the traumas produced by revolution and civil war, as a vehicle for propaganda, and as a subtle mode of unwriting the cultural monolith of Socialist Realism

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Published Oxford: Peter Lang, [2012]
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Statement of responsibility: Muireann Maguire
ISBN: 3035304068, 9783035304060
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 331 pages
Series: Russian transformations ; volume 4
Subject: Russian literature 20th century History and criticism.; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Language teaching theory & methods; Literary studies: general; Literature: history & criticism; Literature.; Literary theory; Eastern Europe
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Russian transformations ; volume 4.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783034307871