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

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In a major reimagining of the history and cultural impact of Soviet film, noted film scholar Emma Widdis 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 as film could both discover the world anew and model a way of inhabiting it. Drawing on an extraordinary array of films, 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 subject.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 50 Illustrations, black and white; 7 Illustrations, color
  • 0253026946
  • 9780253026941
  • 1,562,782

Table of contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Introduction: Feeling Soviet
1. Avant-Garde Sensations
2. Material Sensations
3. Textile Sensations
4. Socialist Sensations
5. Primitive Sensations
6. Modern Sensations
7. Socialist Feelings
8. Socialist Transformations
9. Socialist Pleasures
Conclusion: The Death of Sensation
Glossary of Russian Terms
Bibliography
Index
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This study will be of great value to those researching topics such as affect, texture, and pattern (faktura); gesture; and the body in the Soviet cultural context. * Choice * In Socialist Senses, Widdis provides an arresting take on Soviet cinema that pushes Russian/Soviet film criticism beyond the critical frameworks of auteurism and formalism where it has long remained. * InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC) * This study will be of great value to those researching topics such as affect, texture, and pattern (faktura); gesture; and the body in the Soviet cultural context. * Choice *
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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 Culture.
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