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    DescriptionThis book examines the staggering popularity of early-twentieth-century Russian detective serials. Traditionally maligned as "Pinkertonovshchina," these appropriations of American and British detective stories featuring Nat Pinkerton, Nick Carter, Sherlock Holmes, Ethel King, and scores of other sleuths swept the Russian reading market in successive waves between 1907 and 1917, and famously experienced a "red" resurgence in the 1920s under the aegis of Nikolai Bukharin. The book presents the first holistic view of "Pinkertonovshchina" as a phenomenon, and produces a working model of cross-cultural appropriation and reception. The "red Pinkerton" emerges as a vital "missing link" between pre- and post-Revolutionary popular literature, and marks the fitful start of a decades-long negotiation between the regime, the author, and the reading masses.


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    Title
    Western Crime Fiction Goes East
    Subtitle
    The Russian Pinkerton Craze 1907-1934
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Boris Dralyuk
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 196
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 445 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9789004233102
    ISBN 10: 9004233105
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004240, SOC002010
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 891.73/08720904
    LC classification: PG3098.D46 D73 2012
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 891.7308720904
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DSK
    Illustrations note
    11 black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Brill
    Imprint name
    Brill
    Publication date
    01 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Leiden
    Author Information
    Boris Dralyuk received his Ph.D. (2011) in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, where he is now a Lecturer. He has published work on various topics in Russian, Polish, and American literature, and works as a translator.
    Review quote
    "Boris Dralyuk's Western Crime Fiction Goes East is an impressive and enormously enjoyable piece of literary and cultural analysis; [it] provides fascinating insights into the evolution of Russian-Soviet popular culture and is a significant and striking addition to the current critical focus on cross-cultural crime fiction." Lee Horsley, Lancaster University (http://www.crimeculture.com/?page_id=4215) "The Red Pinkerton, long limited to walk-on parts in Soviet cultural studies, is finally the star of its own monograph. Prior research into this unique subgenre of Soviet pulp fiction has been insightful but frustratingly piecemeal. [...] Boris Dralyuk's definitive survey of the 'Russian Pinkerton craze' consolidates, expands and enhances recent scholarship through a wideranging, engrossing investigation of early twentieth-century sources." Muireann Maguire, University of Exeter (Slavonic and East European Review v. 92, no. 3) "By the early 1930s the effort to generate communist alternatives to boulevard serials was widely judged to have been a failure, despite a few notable exceptions and the production of films from them [...] Despite their failure, however, Dralyuk asserts that the experiment should not be written off as a simple curiosity of the NEP era. Arguing that parody is a means of engaging with, while separating from, an artistic progenitor, he sees the red Pinkertons as a critical stage in the evolution of socialist realism rather than as a literary dead end. [...] Dralyuk has presented a well-researched and entertaining analysis that redeems the red Pinkerton as an important, albeit unsuccessful, episode in Soviet cultural history." T. Clayton Black, Washington College, in The NEP Era: Soviet Russia 1921-1928, vol. 7. " 'Western Crime Fiction Goes East' is an ambitious and wide-ranging work, but an eminently readable one [...] a highly readable book for general academic audiences, its appeal will likely be greatest among those with more than a passing interest in revolutionary Russian culture and literature. 'Western Crime Fiction Goes East' may not resolve the ongoing and often contentious relationship between genre and ideology, but the intriguing historical example it presents has the potential to inspire wider applications and further investigations into the subject." Zachary Hoskins, University of Missouri - Kansas City in Journal of Popular Culture, February 2014 "B cboem o nom yb ekate n x otcty en obectboban pa k c o yet ctop " nkeptonob n " kak obo , a bo mo noct bocco at e octny kapt ny y aemo ox . "Tak n ko a ne p nann o a no kp t ko anp, pe m pyet pa k, oka baetc ck te no o otbopn m, xot a t m benom b ctop o y pno cobetcko te-patyp , to kn o abtop bo bpa aet emy ac y ennoe mecto b ote ectbenno ky type." M. Boct onoba/M. Kostionova in Noboe tepatypnoe o o pen e/New Literary Observer, June 2014. (fullreview text: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/4861)
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Abstract Introduction Chapter 1 - "As Many Street Cops as Corners": Displacing 1905 in the Pinkertons Chapter 2 - A Terrible Vengeance: The "Avenger Detective" in Russia Chapter 3 - Slumming Litterateurs and Starving Students The Pinkertons' Purported Authors Chapter 4 - The Persistence of Pinkertons: Reception Before and After the Revolution Chapter 5 - The Red Pinkerton's Rise: Bukharin and the Komsomol Chapter 6 - How the Mess Was Mended: Marietta Shaginian and Red Pinkertonism Chapter 7 - The Novel, the Film, and the Kinoroman: Parody and the Decline of the Red Pinkerton Chapter 8 - The Question of Genre and the Pinkertons' Legacy Bibliography