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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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Romantic Naturalism and Life in Its Revolutionary Development

(p.292) 6 Gesamtwissenschaftswerk
Late Stalinism

Evgeny Dobrenko

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the aspects of political romanticism. It focuses on the 1948 campaign centered on the biological theories of Lysenko, Ol'ga Lepeshinskaia, Gevorg Bosh'ian, and others that were revealed in science fiction novels, plays, films, and popular science literature. The chapter explores romanticism as a component from the very beginning of Socialist Realism, which proclaimed “life in its revolutionary development” as its object. It explains how Socialist Realism absorbed revolutionary romanticism and transformed it into state romanticism, which assumed its definitive shape in the late-Stalinist era. It also highlights the materialization of Socialist Realism into phantasms and agronomic miracles produced by the magical science of the “people's academician,” Trofi m Lysenko.

Keywords:   political romanticism, Socialist Realism, revolutionary romanticism, state romanticism, late-Stalinist era, Trofi m Lysenko

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