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Russian popular culture : entertainment and society since 1900 /
Richard Stites.
imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
description
xvii, 269 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521362148 (hardback) 052136986X (paperback)
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imprint
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
isbn
0521362148 (hardback) 052136986X (paperback)
general note
First printing only has cover title: Soviet popular culture.
local note
UTL copy 2: Reprinted 1995, lacks different cover title.
catalogue key
3157191
 
Discography: p. 246-249.
Filmography: p. 250-256.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 228-245) and index.
Videography: p. 257.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Stites is Professor of History at Georgetown University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1993-06:
Stites, author of Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution (CH, Jun'89) has written an excellent and much-needed introduction to popular culture in 20th-century Russia. Americans are much more familiar with the boring "official" culture of the Soviet period than with Russia's love songs, popular humor, and favorite books. What did people do when they were not working? Who were their heroes? What did they enjoy reading, seeing, hearing? Stites looks at folk music and dance, popular songs, the circus, the popular stage, detective and science fiction, radio, film, and television against a backdrop of political and social change. He points out striking parallels with American popular culture, yet stresses the unique aspects of the Russian experience. This is a solidly based work, rich in detail and analysis. It includes a fine bibliography, discography, filmography, and videography and footnotes. A must for undergraduate, graduate, and research libraries, and also of interest to general readers. E. M. Despalatovi'c; Connecticut College
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Review Quotes
"In his richly detailed survey of Russian popular culture since 1900, Richard Stites uses largely ignored sources--detective stories, science fiction, rock-n-roll lyrics, jokes and circus and vaudeville routines--to reveal a side of Russian life largely unknown in the West. And yet, this is not a trivial book...Its great virtue, however, is to illuminate an important and largely unknown dimension of Russia's social history. Serious, but by no means solemn, Stites's book is accessible to anyone interested in learning more about a country and a people that have obsessed and confused us for almost a century."Washington Post Book World
"Richard Stites savors the historian's calling as storyteller. Like his earlier works on women's emancipatory movements in Imperial and Soviet Russia and on utopian dreams and practices in the revolutionary years, this account of popular entertainment from the waning years of the tsarist regime to the last years of the Communist order is rich in narrative detail and is engagingly presented....Stites must be praised for achieving this in a book that is both useful and a pleasure to 'consume.'"Mark D. Steinberg, Journal of Modern History
"With this book, Richard Stites again demonstrates that he is one of the most creative and original historians currently writing in the field of twentieth-century Russian history....Although the book is relatively short, it is a big book--big in ideas and in the extraordinary richness of the material. Stites writes with authority, verve, and humor. His book is required reading for anyone curious about Russia's cultural life in the twentieth century."Victoria E. Bonnell, American Historical Review
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Description for Bookstore
This book presents a side of Soviet life that is largely unknown to the West – the world of popular culture. By surveying detective and science fiction, popular songs, jokes, box office movie hits, the stage, and television and radio, Professor Richard Stites introduces people and products that are household names to the Soviet people
Description for Bookstore
This book presents a side of Soviet life that is largely unknown to the West - the world of popular culture. By surveying detective and science fiction, popular songs, jokes, box office movie hits, the stage, and television and radio, Professor Richard Stites introduces people and products that are household names to the Soviet people
Description for Library
This book presents a side of Soviet life that is largely unknown to the West - the world of popular culture. By surveying detective and science fiction, popular songs, jokes, box office movie hits, the stage, radio, and television, Professor Richard Stites introduces the people and cultural products that are household words to Soviet people. He demonstrates how popular culture has over the last century had more impact on the lives of Russian people and reveals more about their lives than the works of giants of high culture.
Main Description
This book presents a side of Russian life that is largely unknown to the West - the world of popular culture. By surveying detective and science fiction, popular songs, jokes, box office movie hits, stage, radio and television, Professor Richard Stites introduces the people and cultural products that are household words to Russian people. Spanning the entire twentieth century, the author examines the subcultures that draw upon and enrich Russian popular culture. He explores the relationship between popular culture and the national and social values of the masses, including their heroes and myths, and assesses the phenomenon of the celebrity from the silent screen star to the latest rock music idol. Richard Stites pays particular attention to the dramatic battle between elite and popular culture and to the intervention of revolutions, wars, and the state in the production and control of this culture.
Table of Contents
List of illustrationsp. x
Preface and acknowledgementsp. xiii
Glossaryp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
In old Russia 1900-1917p. 9
Revolutionary reassortment 1917-1927p. 37
Stalin by starlight 1928-1941p. 64
Holy war and cold war 1941-1953p. 98
Springtime for Khrushchev 1953-1964p. 123
The Brezhnev culture wars 1964-1984p. 148
Perestroika and the people's taste 1985-p. 178
Greetings and farewellp. 204
Notesp. 210
Bibliographyp. 228
Discographyp. 246
Filmographyp. 250
Videographyp. 257
Indexp. 258
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