Russian Television Today

Published: July 20, 2015

Examining the role of dramatized narratives in Russian television, this book stresses the ways in which the Russian government under Putin use primetime television to express a new understanding of what it means to be Russian, answering key questions of national identity for modern Russians in dealing with their recent history: ‘What really happened to…

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«Я всем прощение дарую (Ахматовский сборник)»

Published: July 20, 2015

The fifth volume of UCLA Slavic Studies commemorates the 40th anniversary of Anna Akhmatova`s death. The first part of the collection, In Memoriam, contains previously unpublished diaries and memoirs about Akhmatova and about her funeral (I.N. Punina, V.P. Mikhailov, A.V. Smirnova-Iskander, etc.). Part two includes new studies of the life and works of this great…

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Russian Culture in Uzbekistan

Published: July 20, 2015

Recent political changes in Central Asia, where the United States is replacing Russia as the dominant power, are having a profound effect on Russian speakers in the region. These people, formerly perceived as progressive and engaging with Europe, are now confronted by the erasure of their literary, musical, cinematic and journalistic culture, as local ethnic…

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Yellow Crocodiles and Blue Oranges

Published: July 20, 2015

Political positions come and go but talking animals, evil witches, and mythical princesses endure. David MacFadyen argues that Soviet socialist animation between 1936 and 1999 was a fundamentally emotional, not propagandistic, enterprise that requires a reconsideration of Soviet art in general. Of particular interest are the relationships between “realist” Russian animation and USSR politics and…

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The Sad Comedy of Èl’dar Riazanov

Published: July 20, 2015

Russia’s funniest and most popular films are the work of Èl’dar Riazanov, a director whose light, lyrical tales of love lost and found have garnered audiences of over one hundred million. Although Western scholars have largely ignored Riazanov’s oeuvre in favour of more serious filmmakers, no director in Russia has been so loved by both…

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Songs for Fat People

Published: July 20, 2015

During this period estrada – which includes comedy, literary readings, and circus arts as well as popular song – saw the birth of tangos, foxtrots, waltzes, and big bands. MacFadyen shows how a nomadic art form survived the pressures of business before the 1917 Revolution and those of politics afterwards. The author traces the careers…

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Èstrada?!

Published: July 20, 2015

In Estrada?!, the second volume of a three-part series on Russian popular song, David MacFadyen extends his overview of Russian culture and society into the post-Soviet period. Having dispelled several myths surrounding Soviet popular entertainment – known as “estrada” or the “small stage” – in Red Stars, MacFadyen shifts his attention to a newer musical…

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