Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine

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University of Toronto Press, May 5, 2017 - Dramatists - 304 pages
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In Beau Monde on Empire's Edge, Mayhill C. Fowler tells the story of the rise and fall of a group of men who created culture both Soviet and Ukrainian. This collective biography showcases new aspects of the politics of cultural production in the Soviet Union by focusing on theater and on the multi-ethnic borderlands. Unlike their contemporaries in Moscow or Leningrad, these artists from the regions have been all but forgotten despite the quality of their art. Beau Monde restores the periphery to the center of Soviet culture. Sources in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Yiddish highlight the important multi-ethnic context and the challenges inherent in constructing Ukrainian culture in a place of Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, and Jews. Beau Monde on Empire's Edge traces the growing overlap between the arts and the state in the early Soviet years, and explains the intertwining of politics and culture in the region today.

 

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Contents

The Beau Monde on the Borderlands
3
Theatre in the Age of Modernism and Pogroms
25
Mikhail Bulgakov and Mykola Kulish
58
3 Comedy Soviet and Ukrainian? IlfPetrov and Ostap Vyshnia
95
Solomon Mikhoels and Les Kurbas
127
Andrii Khvylia Vsevolod Balytskyi and the Kremlin
168
The Gulag and Kremlin Cabaret
195
Notes
215
Selected Bibliography
256
Index
270
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Mayhill C. Fowler is an assistant professor of history at Stetson University.

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