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Late StalinismThe Aesthetics of Politics$
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Evgeny Dobrenko

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198478

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198478.001.0001

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From Metaphor to Metonymy

From Metaphor to Metonymy

The Political Tropology of Historicism

(p.87) 2 From Metaphor to Metonymy
Late Stalinism

Evgeny Dobrenko

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the 1946 criticism of Sergei Eisenstein's and Vsevolod Pudovkin's films about Ivan the Terrible and Admiral Nakhimov. It investigates how Eisenstein's and Pudovkin's films defined the status of Russia's most important director named Mikheil Chiaureli, who directed “Admiral Ushakov” in 1953. The chapter emphasizes how historicism had to become part of Soviet aesthetic doctrine, part of the system of flexible, dialectically contradirectional principles of Socialist Realism, and to become a hybrid of “the truth of life” and “revolutionary romanticism.” It discusses the historicism of Leninist teaching as a scientific conceptualization of actual historical reality based on a correlation of man with history. It also explains Socialist Historicism, which is the artistic conception of life from the standpoint of the Communist ideal that facilitates a vivid reproduction of life in its historical perspective and historical retrospection.

Keywords:   Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Ivan the Terrible, Admiral Nakhimov, Mikheil Chiaureli, Admiral Ushakov, Soviet aesthetic doctrine, contradirectional principles, Socialist Realism, revolutionary romanticism

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