Socialist Senses

Socialist Senses : Film, Feeling, and the Soviet Subject, 1917-1940

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This major reimagining of the history of Soviet film and its cultural impact explores the fundamental transformations in how film, through the senses, remade the Soviet self in the 1920s and 1930s. Following the Russian Revolution, there was a shared ambition for a 'sensory revolution' to accompany political and social change: Soviet men and women were to be reborn into a revitalized relationship with the material world. Cinema was seen as a privileged site for the creation of this sensory revolution: film could both discover the world anew, and model a way of inhabiting it. Drawing upon an extraordinary array of films, noted scholar Emma Widdis shows how Soviet cinema, as it evolved from the revolutionary avant-garde to Socialist Realism, gradually shifted its materialist agenda from emphasizing the external senses to instilling the appropriate internal senses (consciousness, emotions) in the new Soviet more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 57 b&w illus.
  • 0253026946
  • 9780253026941

Review quote

"Outstanding and important scholarship that unites many important topics with new insights and original analysis... nobody has tried to think about Soviet film within this theoretical frame." -Oksana Bulgakowa, author of Sergei Eisenstein: A Biographyshow more

About Emma Widdis

Emma Widdis is Reader in Russian Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. She is author of Visions of a New Land: Soviet Cinema from the Revolution to the Second World War and Alexander Medvedkin, and editor (with Simon Franklin) of National Identity in Russian more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsNote on Translation and TransliterationIntroduction: Feeling Soviet1. Avant-Garde Sensations2. Material Sensations3. Textile Sensations 4. Socialist Sensations5. Primitive Sensations6. Modern Sensations7. Socialist Feelings8. Socialist Transformations9. Socialist PleasuresConclusion: The Death of SensationGlossary of Russian TermsBibliographyIndexshow more