Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia

Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia

Taking the Revolution Inside
Edited by Christina Kiaer and Eric Naiman
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/14/2005
Format: Paperback 28 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21792-9
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Author Bio

Christina Kiaer is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University and author of Imagine No Possessions: The Socialist Objects of Russian Constructivism.

Eric Naiman is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology.


“Drawing on original archival materials and theoretically informed, these essays examine ways in which Soviet citizens sought to align their private lives with the public nature of Soviet experience by taking the Revolution “inside.” The interdisciplinary approach contributes to the growing understanding of the Soviet Union as part of the history of modernity, rather than its totalitarian “other.””

“Oct 2008”
 — Slavonic & East European Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction Christina Kiaer and Eric Naiman
1. The Two Faces of Anastasia: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Identity in Stalinist Everyday Life Sheila Fitzpatrick
2. Visual Pleasure in Stalinist Cinema: Ivan Pyr'ev's The Party Card Lilya Kaganovsky
3. Terror of Intimacy: Family Politics in the 1930s Soviet Union Cynthia Hooper
4. Fear on Stage: Afinogenov, Stanislavsky, and the Making of Stalinist Theater Boris Wolfson
5. "NEP Without Nepmen!" Soviet Advertising and the Transition to Socialism Randi Cox
6. Panic, Potency, and the Crisis of Nervousness in the 1920s Frances L. Bernstein
7. Delivered from Capitalism: Nostalgia, Alienation, and the Future of Reproduction in Tret'iakov's I Want a Child! Christina Kiaer
8. "The Withering of Private Life": Walter Benjamin in Moscow Evgenii Bershtein
9. When Private Home Meets Public Workplace: Service, Space, and the Urban Domestic in 1920s Russia Rebecca Spagnolo
10. Shaping the "Future Race": Regulating the Daily Life of Children in Early Soviet Russia Catriona Kelly
11. The Diary as Initiation and Rebirth: Reading Everyday Documents of the Early Soviet Era Natalia Kozlova