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Author Clark, Katerina

Title Moscow, the fourth Rome : Stalinism, cosmopolitanism, and the evolution of Soviet culture, 1931-1941 / Katerina Clark

Publisher Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2011


 McDonald 3rd Floor  DK601.2 .C55 2011    AVAILABLE
Call # DK601.2 .C55 2011
Descript viii, 419 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-407) and index
"In the early sixteenth century, the monk Filofei proclaimed Moscow the 'Third Rome.' By the 1930s, intellectuals and artists all over the world thought of Moscow as a mecca of secular enlightenment. In Moscow, the Fourth Rome, Katerina Clark shows how Soviet officials and intellectuals, in seeking to capture the imagination of leftist and anti-fascist intellectuals throughout the world, sought to establish their capital as the cosmopolitan center of a post-Christian confederation and to rebuild it to become a beacon for the rest of the world. Clark provides an interpretative cultural history of the city during the crucial 1930s, the decade of the Great Purge. She draws on the work of intellectuals such as Sergei Eisenstein, Sergei Tretiakov, Mikhail Koltsov, and Ilya Ehrenburg to shed light on the singular Zeitgeist of that most Stalinist of periods. In her account, the decade emerges as an important moment in the prehistory of key concepts in literary and cultural studies today--transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and world literature. By bringing to light neglected antecedents, she provides a new polemical and political context for understanding canonical works of writers such as Brecht, Benjamin, Lukacs, and Bakhtin. Moscow, the Fourth Rome broadens the framework that has traditionally constrained cultural histories of Stalinist Russia to include considerable interaction with Western intellectuals and trends. Its integration of the understudied international dimension into the interpretation of Soviet culture remedies misunderstandings of the world-historical significance of Moscow under Stalin."--book jacket
Contents The author as producer: cultural revolution in Berlin and Moscow (1930-1931) -- Moscow, the lettered city -- The return of the aesthetic -- The traveling mode and the horizon of identity -- "World literature"/"World culture" and the era of the popular front (c. 1935-1936) -- Face and mask: theatricality and identity in the era of the show trials (1936-1938) -- Love and death in the time of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) -- The Imperial sublime -- The battle of the genres (1937-1941)
Subject Moscow (Russia) -- History -- 20th century
Moscow (Russia) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
Cosmopolitanism -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- History
Popular culture -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- History
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953 -- Influence
Communism -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- History
Social change -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- History
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953
Soviet Union -- Intellectual life -- 1917-1970
Social change -- Soviet Union -- History
Sovjetunionen -- intellektuellt liv -- 1930-talet. sao