Russian Experimental Fiction: Resisting Ideology after Utopia - Princeton Legacy Library 273 by Edith W. Clowes
In the three decades following the death of Stalin, Russian underground writers destroyed Soviet ideology by using parody to draw attention to its basis in utopian thought. With reference to…
Russian Experimental Fiction synopsis
In the three decades following the death of Stalin, Russian underground writers destroyed Soviet ideology by using parody to draw attention to its basis in utopian thought. With reference to various utopian writings such as Defoe Robinson Crusoe, Dostoevsky's underground observations, and the Orwell Animal Farm, they experimented with the ideas of truth, reality and representation.
They have gone beyond their precursors by experimenting with tensions between fine art and educational arts. Edith Clovis explores these "meta-ideal" novels, which deal with a wide range of attitudes toward the virtuous city, to expose the challenge posed by the literary play to dogmatism and to illustrate the sense of novelty that can bring it to the social imagination.
Using both structural analysis and reception theory, the reader outside Russia offers an impressive collection of literature including Aleksandr Zinoviev's The Yawning Heights, Abubi Terts's Liubimov, Vladimir Voinovich's Moscow 2042, and Liudmila Petrushevskaia's The New Robinsons. If we do not defend its utopian alternative to the present social reality, the imagination of the hypothetical fantasy achieves a deep human motivation to imagine, project and enforce alternative social orders.
Clowes examines technical innovations that have made a meta-utopian book into the style, image, and narrative structure that tells us new patterns of social imagination. Its analysis leads to an investigation into the intended and real audience of this novel, and to the ways in which its authors attempt to move them towards a more sophisticated social discourse.
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