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How the Soviet man was unmade : cultural fantasy and male subjectivity under Stalin

Author: Lilya Kaganovsky
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2008.
Series: Series in Russian and East European studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
In Stalinist Russia, the idealized Soviet man projected an image of strength, virility, and unyielding drive in his desire to build a powerful socialist state. In monuments, posters, and other tools of cultural production, he became the demigod of Communist ideology. But beneath the surface of this fantasy, between the lines of texts and in film, lurked another figure: the wounded body of the heroic invalid, the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kaganovsky, Lilya.
How the Soviet man was unmade.
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008015490
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lilya Kaganovsky
ISBN: 9780822973430 082297343X
OCLC Number: 654305263
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 226 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: "Bodies that matter" --
How the Soviet man was (un)made --
Visual pleasure in Stalinist cinema --
Heterosexual panic --
What does woman want? --
Epilogue: "Female masculinity."
Series Title: Series in Russian and East European studies.
Responsibility: Lilya Kaganovsky.
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Exposes the paradox behind the myth of the indestructible Stalinist-era male. This book examines the recurring theme of the mutilated male body, which appears with startling frequency. It also  Read more...


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Lilya Kaganovsky asks new and provocative questions about key Soviet texts. What is at stake in their recurrent images of mutilation and impairment? How do they participate in forging the Soviet Read more...

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