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Nietzsche and Soviet Culture : Ally and Adversary - Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal

Nietzsche and Soviet Culture

Ally and Adversary

Hardcover Published: 25th November 1994
ISBN: 9780521452816
Number Of Pages: 440

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This pioneering study documents the extent and diversity of the impact of Nietzschean ideas on Soviet literature and culture. It shows for the first time how these ideas, unacknowledged and reworked, entered and shaped that culture and stimulated the imagination of both supporters and detractors of the regime. It addresses key peculiarities of the Soviet reception of Nietzsche - the role of the prerevolutionary interest in the occult, the way revolution figured as an allegorical subject, the intertwining of art and ideology in the obsession with creating a new culture, the continuing Russian interest in Nietzsche as a religious thinker, and the manner in which censorship affected the dynamic of reception and influence. The book offers a fresh perspective on the origins, formative years, and subsequent development of Soviet literature and culture, and raises new issues for research and discussion.

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"...the essays succeed in unearthing 'the hitherto buried Nietzschean elements of Soviet culture,' demonstrating the profound influence--direct and indirect--Nietzsche exerted on the birth and evolution of the 20th-century colossus." H.I. Einsohn, Choice "Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal has, with this volume...established a sumptuous site for excavation." Lesley Chamberlain, TLS "Cambridge University Press's series on Russian literature includes a number of admirable volumes...this collection of essays on the impact of Friedrich Nietzsche's ideas on Soviet culture adds tho the distinction of the Cambridge list...Readers will be drawn to individual essays by their own particular interests, but the entire volume is characterized by meticulous research and a uniformly high standard of scholarship. The book is a significant addition to Soviet cultural studies and to modern intellectual history." American Historical Review "The collection of essays edited by Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal carries forward the impressive work inaugurated in her earlier collection, Nietzsche in Russia, by tracing Nietzsche's influence forward into the obscurity of the Soviet era, when official censorship forced all Nietzschean streams underground." Journal of Modern History "Many of the essays collected here are excellent and present findings that, as Rosenthal expects, will probably surprise many observers of Soviet culture...any scholar of Soviet culture, and even those who have investigated the role of Nietzsche in Russian culture, will find that Rosenthal's book is well worth reading..." Slavic Review

Introduction
Nietzsche and the Prerevolutionary Roots of Soviet Culture
Nietzsche and the young
Khlebnikov and Nietzsche: pieces of an incomplete mosaic
Apollonianism and Christian art: Nietzsche's influence on acmeism
Armchair anarchists and salon supermen: Russian occultists read
Nietzsche and Soviet Initiatives in the Arts
Nietzschean leaders and followers in Soviet mass theater, 1917-27
Revolution as an aesthetic phenomenon: Nietzschean motifs in the critical reception of Isaac Babel (1923-32)
Nietzschean implications and superhuman aspirations in the architectural avant-garde
Nietzscheanism and the return of Pushkin in twentieth-century Russian culture
Adaptions of Nietzsche in Soviet Ideology
Nietzschean motifs in the Komsomol's vanguardism
Nietzschean roots of Stalinist culture
Superman imagery in Soviet photography and photomontage
Nietzsche among Disaffected Writers and Thinkers
From beyond the abyss: Nietzschean myth in Zamiatin's We and Pasternak's Doctor
Mandelstam, Nietzsche and the conscious creation of history
Nietzsche's influence on the non-official culture of the 1930s
Nietzsche and the Nationalities: A Case Study
Nietzsche's influence on Hebrew writers of the Russian empire
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ISBN: 9780521452816
ISBN-10: 0521452813
Series: Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 25th November 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.45  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.64

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