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Russian experimental fiction : resisting ideology after Utopia

Author: Edith W Clowes
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1993] ©1993
Series: Princeton legacy library
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the three decades following Stalin's death, major underground Russian writers have subverted Soviet ideology by using parody to draw attention to its basis in utopian thought. Referring to utopian writing as diverse as Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, and Orwell's Animal Farm, they have tested notions of truth, reality, and representation. They have gone beyond their precursors by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Clowes, Edith W.
Russian experimental fiction : resisting ideology after Utopia.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1993]
xvi, 236 pages ; 25 cm
(DLC) 10899003
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edith W Clowes
ISBN: 9781400863532 1400863538
OCLC Number: 889252773
Description: 1 online resource (253 pages).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface and Acknowledgments --
Note on Transliteration and Translation --
List of Abbreviations --
CHAPTER ONE. Meta-utopian Writing: The Problem of Utopia as Ideology --
CHAPTER TWO. Publishing the Dystopian Heritage: The Glasnost Debate about Literary Experiment and Utopian Ideology --
CHAPTER THREE. Charting Meta-utopia: Chronotopes of Disorientation --
CHAPTER FOUR. Science, Ideology, and the Structure of Meta-utopian Narrative --
CHAPTER FIVE. The Meta-utopian Language Problem, or Utopia as a Bump on a -log- --
CHAPTER SIX. Meta-utopian Consciousness --
CHAPTER SEVEN. Making Meta-utopia Accessible: Zinoviev's The Radiant Future --
CHAPTER EIGHT. Utopia, Imagination, and Memory: The Strugatsky Brothers' The Ugly Swans, Tendriakov's A Potshot at Mirages, and Aksenov's The Island of Crimea --
CHAPTER NINE. Parody of Popular Forms in Iskander's Rabbits and Boa Constrictors and Voinovich's Moscow 2042 --
CHAPTER TEN. Play with Closure in Petrushevskaia's "The New Robinsons" and Kabakov's "The Deserter" --
CONCLUSION. The Utopian Impulse after 1968: Russian Meta-utopian Fiction in a European Context --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: Edith W. Clowes.
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