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The Fate of the New Man
Representing and Reconstructing Masculinity in Soviet Visual Culture, 1945–1965
Claire E. McCallum
“This is an important contribution to the growing field of Russian masculinity studies. The discussion of the soldier/veteran is particularly effective, and the chapters on fatherhood allow McCallum to revisit the familiar territory of the Soviet leader as surrogate father, but on the strength of an entirely new set of analytic readings.” —Eliot Borenstein, New York University
Between 1945 and 1965, the catastrophe of war—and the social and political changes it brought in its wake—had a major impact on the construction of the Soviet masculine ideal. Drawing upon a wide range of visual material, The Fate of the New Man traces the dramatic changes in the representation of the Soviet man in the postwar period. It focuses on the two identities that came to dominate such depictions in the two decades after the end of the war: the Soviet man’s previous role as a soldier and his new role in the home once the war was over. In this compelling study, Claire McCallum focuses on the reconceptualization of military heroism after the war, the representation of contentious subjects such as the war-damaged body and bereavement, and postwar changes to the depiction of the Soviet man as father.
July 2018 324 pp., 6x9
Claire E. McCallum is a lecturer in twentieth-century Russian history at the University of Exeter.
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