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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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Socialist Surrealism

Socialist Surrealism

Representing Life in the Forms of Life Itself

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Late Stalinism

Evgeny Dobrenko

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes how the masses' and individual's experience were refashioned, and the view of the world was structured in postwar Soviet art. It describes the complexes and traumas of the nation that emerged after the war, its worries and phobias, illusions, and the conceptions of its own greatness and messianic role that were all harmonized into the Soviet nation. It also assesses the principle of verisimilitude as the stylistic shape of realism. The chapter discusses the real-life experience of war that presented various reasons in being a substantial threat to the Stalinist Regime and subject to transformation and substitution. It narrates the experience of contact with the West that was transformed into a simulation of inferiority complex called “kowtowing.”

Keywords:   postwar Soviet art, Soviet nation, principle of verisimilitude, Stalinist Regime, inferiority complex, kowtowing

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