Subversive Imaginations: Fantastic Prose and the End of Soviet Literature, 1970s-1990s

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Westview Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Political Science - 216 pages
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In response to the profound changes in Soviet society in recent years, the author considers the demise of Soviet literature and the emergence of its Russian progeny through the prism of the writers’ engagement with fantasy.Viewing the mutual interaction of Soviet/Russian literary output with aspects of the dominant culture such as ideology and politics, Nadya Peterson traces the process of mainstream literary change in the context of broader social change. She explores the subversive character of the fantastic orientation, its utopian and apocalyptic motifs, and its dialogical relationship with socialist realism, as it steadily gathered force in the latter Soviet decades. The shattering of the mythic colossus did not put an end to these opposing forces, but rather diverted them in various unexpected directions—as the author explains in her concluding chapters on the new “alternative” literatures.

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Writers Readers Society and Literary Change
Fantastic Prose as an Escape from the Literature of Purpose
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Nadya L. Peterson is assistant professor of Russian language and literature at the University of Connecticut.

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