Abstract

Discusses the ways Stalinist socialist realist fiction, and in particular, Nikolai Ostrovskii's "How the Steel Was Tempered," articulates the dominant fiction of Stalinism: that is, the relationship between heroism, male subjectivity, power and bodily integrity. Use of contemporary critical theory as a well as postmodern post-Soviet literature and film; Discussion on two models of exemplary masculinity; Purpose of bodily mutilation in Stalinist texts; Mechanisms of power and pleasure at work in socialist realist texts that reflect the cultural fantasy of Stalinism.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-596
Number of pages20
JournalSlavic Review
Volume63
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

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heroism
critical theory
masculinity
subjectivity
integrity
Fiction
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Socialist
Stalinism
literature
Mutilation
Heroism
Critical Theory
Masculinity
Pleasure
Fantasy
Subjectivity
Steel
Bodily Integrity

Keywords

  • SOVIET Union
  • POLITICS in literature
  • POLITICS in motion pictures
  • SOCIALISM in literature
  • SOCIALISM
  • COMMUNISM
  • TOTALITARIANISM

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How the Soviet Man Was (Un)Made. / Kaganovsky, Lilya.

In: Slavic Review, Vol. 63, No. 3, 01.09.2004, p. 577-596.

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Kaganovsky, L 2004, 'How the Soviet Man Was (Un)Made', Slavic Review, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 577-596.
Kaganovsky, Lilya. / How the Soviet Man Was (Un)Made. In: Slavic Review. 2004 ; Vol. 63, No. 3. pp. 577-596.
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