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Automatic for the Masses - The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,274
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Automatic for the Masses - The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism (Hardcover): Petre M Petrov
Automatic for the Masses - The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism (Hardcover): Petre M Petrov

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Automatic for the Masses - The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism (Hardcover)

Petre M Petrov

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At the end of the 1920s, the Modernist and avant-garde artistic programmes of the early Soviet Union were swept away by the rise of Stalinism and the dictates of Socialist Realism. Did this aesthetic transition also constitute a conceptual break, or were there unseen continuities between these two movements? In Automatic for the Masses, Petre M. Petrov offers a novel, theoretically informed account of that transition, tracing those connections through Modernist notions of agency and authorship. Reading the statements and manifestos of the Formalists, Constructivists, and other Soviet avant-garde artists, Petrov argues that Socialist Realism perpetuated in a new form the Modernist "death of the author." In interpreting this symbolic demise, he shows how the official culture of the 1930s can be seen as a perverted realization of modernism's unrealizable project. An insightful and challenging interpretation of the era, Automatic for the Masses will be required reading for those interested in understanding early Soviet culture.

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Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Country of origin: Canada
Release date: April 2015
First published: 2015
Authors: Petre M Petrov
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 26mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 328
ISBN-13: 978-1-4426-4842-5
Barcode: 9781442648425
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LSN: 1-4426-4842-2

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