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The Documentary Moment in Early Soviet Culture
Elizabeth Astrid Papazian
Winner of the Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), 2010.
“Very stimulating … well-written, deeply researched, theoretically sophisticated and evincing tremendous knowledge of both its topic and of scholarly literature written across eight decades in several different national contexts.”—John MacKay, Yale University
“Well-written, well-argued, and well-researched ... as engaging as it is informative.”—Denise J. Youngblood, University of Vermont
“Wonderfully stimulating. Papazian demonstrates that the idea of documenting the present with an eye on both the future and the past would become inherently subversive in a political order whose chiefs insisted on continually rewriting history.”—Jeffrey Brooks, Johns Hopkins University
The Bolshevik Revolution uprooted not only the social and political systems of the Russian Empire, but existing artistic institutions and traditions as well. Following the revolution, Soviet artists working in all different media had to respond to the urgent problem of how to make art relevant, even essential, to the revolutionary project undertaken by the Bolshevik Party. Focusing on the years 1921–1934, Manufacturing Truth explores the great upsurge in documentary methods and approaches in the arts and reveals how the documentary impulse influenced the development of Stalinist culture. Documentary approaches in literature and film became a central means for redefining the role of the artist, of art itself, and of the institution of art in the new post-revolutionary Soviet society.
(2008) 267 pp., 18 illus.
Elizabeth Astrid Papazian is Associate Professor of Russian at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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