Representing Life in the Forms of Life Itself
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.”
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