The Soviet Novel: History as Ritual

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Indiana University Press, 2000 - History - 320 pages
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"In its sure grasp of a huge subject and in its speculative boldness, Professor Clark's study represents a major breakthrough. It sends one back to the original texts with a whole host of new questions.... And it also helps us to understand the place of the 'official' writer in that peculiar mixture of ideology, collective pressure, and inspiration which is the Soviet literary process." —Times Literary Supplement

"The Soviet Novel has had an enormous impact on the way Stalinist culture is studied in a range of disciplines (literature scholarship, history, cultural studies, even anthropology and political science)." —Slavic Review

"Those readers who have come to realize that history is a branch of mythology will find Clark's book a stimulating and rewarding account of Soviet mythopoesis." —American Historical Review

A dynamic account of the socialist realist novel's evolution as seen in the context of Soviet culture. A new Afterword brings the history of Socialist Realism to its end at the close of the 20th century.


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Summary: In her book, Clark sets out to write an interpretative cultural history of the Soviet novel, focusing both on its structure and meaning. She puts Socialist realism back into context, arguing ... Read full review

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Novels under the era of Socialist Realism were all mediocre or terrible. Read full review


of Socialist Realism in Soviet
What Led to Its Adoption as
revolutionary Fiction
of the Twenties
Literature and Metaphors
Great Family
Heroic Age
Ritual Sacrifice
Regained? Fiction since
The Master Plot
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Katerina Clark is Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. She is author of Petersburg, Crucible of Cultural Revolution and coauthor (with Michael Holquist of Mikhail Bakhtin.

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