Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda

By Brintlinger, Angela | Canadian Slavonic Papers, March-June 2007 | Go to article overview

Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda


Brintlinger, Angela, Canadian Slavonic Papers


Kevin M.F. Platt and David Brandenberger, eds. Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. xvi, 355 pages. Illustrations. Index. Paper.

Like Diane Koenker and Ronald Bachman's Revelations from the Russian Archives (1997) and even more like Ron Suny's The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents (2003), Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda presents excerpts from Russian documents in translation, this time in support and elaboration of unique essays about the Stalinist period. The collaboration often scholars across several disciplines, Epic Revisionism aims to refocus our attention on the Soviet 1930s, reminding us that this decade was the height of Stalinization in the Soviet Union and providing both evidence and analysis of the argument.

The volume features introductory material by literary scholar Kevin Platt and historian David Brandenburger, demonstrating from the outset that these two disciplines are intrinsically linked for Russia and for scholars of Russia. Like much recent historical scholarship, Platt and Brandenberger's volume aims to contribute to the study of Soviet mass culture. Individual articles, however, hit on the Soviet "greats," from Bednyi and Bulgakov to Eisenstein and Shostakovich. Borrowing from my study Writing a Usable Past: Russian Literary Culture 1917-1937 (2000), the editors recall American critic Van Wyck Brooks's concept of history as a hunting ground for concepts to create national identity-and heroes on which to model that identity. Thus the book includes sections on Soviet versions of nineteenth-century authors Pushkin, Lermontov, and Lev Tolstoi as well as on the historical and pseudo-historical figures of Ivan the Terrible, Aleksandr Nevskii, and Ivan Susanin.

Unlike Suny's useful book, which covers the entire history of the Soviet Union and (re)prints period articles along with many documents in translation for each era of Soviet life, Brandenberger and Platt had a more narrow agenda. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.