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Economy and Family in Russian Modernism
“Jacob Emery is extremely erudite and summons an impressive array of philosophical and theoretical texts to develop his argumentation, drawing upon a deep knowledge of both Russian and Western European literature. The analyses of individual works are fresh and illuminating.”—Jenny Kaminer, author of Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture
According to Marx, the family is the primal scene of the division of labor and the “germ” of every exploitative practice. In this insightful study, Jacob Emery examines the Soviet Union’s programmatic effort to institute a global siblinghood of the proletariat, revealing how alternative kinships motivate different economic relations and make possible other artistic forms.
May 2017, 6x9, 194 pp.
Jacob Emery was born in Moscow—the small city in Idaho, not the large city in Russia—and is assistant professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Indiana University. His work on literature and aesthetics has appeared in venues including Comparative Literature, New Left Review, Science Fiction Studies, and Slavic Review.
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