Russian Popular Culture: Entertainment and Society Since 1900
Cambridge University Press, 20 août 1992 - 269 pages
This book presents a side of Russian life that is largely unknown to the West - the world of popular culture. By surveying detective and science fiction, popular songs, jokes, box office movie hits, stage, radio and television, Professor Richard Stites introduces the people and cultural products that are household words to Russian people. Spanning the entire twentieth century, the author examines the subcultures that draw upon and enrich Russian popular culture. He explores the relationship between popular culture and the national and social values of the masses, including their heroes and myths, and assesses the phenomenon of the celebrity from the silent screen star to the latest rock music idol. Richard Stites pays particular attention to the dramatic battle between elite and popular culture and to the intervention of revolutions, wars, and the state in the production and control of this culture.
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Revolutionary reassortment 19171927
Stalin by starlight 19281941
Holy war and cold war 19411953
Springtime for Khrushchev 19531964
The Brezhnev culture wars 19641984
Perestroika and the peoples taste 1985
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