Stalin's Ghosts: Gothic Themes in Early Soviet Literature
Published by: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers
Sales Date: 2023-04-28
Published: April 2023
Dimensions: 150.00 x 225.00
150.00 x 225.00 x 0.70 in
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Stalin’s Ghosts examines the impact of the Gothic-fantastic on Russian literature in the period 1920-1940. It shows how early Soviet-era authors, from well-known names including Fedor Gladkov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Andrei Platonov and Evgenii Zamiatin, to niche figures such as Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskii and Aleksandr Beliaev, exploited traditional archetypes of this genre: the haunted castle, the deformed body, vampires, villains, madness and unnatural death. Complementing recent studies of Soviet culture by Eric Naiman and Lilya Kaganovsky, this book argues that Gothic-fantastic tropes functioned variously as a response to the traumas produced by revolution and civil war, as a vehicle for propaganda, and as a subtle mode of unwriting the cultural monolith of Socialist Realism.
Contents: What is Soviet Gothic? – Gothic Castles – Gothic Bodies – Gothic Death – Gothic Monsters – Gothic Returns.