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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Keywords

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

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