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Common Places

Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674146266

Publication Date: 01/23/1995


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 halftones


  • Introduction: Theoretical Common Places
    • Rubber Plants and the Soviet Order of Things
    • Archeology of the Common Place
    • A Labyrinth without a Monster
    • The Mythologist as Traveler
  • 1. Mythologies of Everyday Life
    • Byt: Daily Grind and Domestic Trash
    • Poshlost’: Banality, Obscenity, Bad Taste
    • Meshchanstvo: Middle Class, Middlebrow
    • Private Life and Russian Soul
    • Truth, Sincerity, Affectation
    • Kul’turnost’: The Totalitarian Lacquer Box
    • Soviet Songs: From Stalin’s Fairy Tale to “Good-bye, Amerika”
  • 2. Living in Common Places: The Communal Apartment
    • Family Romance and Communal Utopia
    • Art and the Housing Crisis: Intellectuals in the Closet
    • Welcome to the Communal Apartment
    • Psychopathology of Soviet Everyday Life
    • Interior Decoration
    • The Ruins of Utopia
    • A Homecoming, 1991
  • 3. Writing Common Places: Graphomania
    • History of the Literary Disease
    • The Forgotten Classics
    • The Genius of the People and the Conceptual Police
    • Glasnost’, Graphomania, and Popular Culture
    • A Taxi Ride with a Graphomaniac
  • 4. Postcommunism, Postmodernism
    • The End of the Soviet World: From the Barricades to the Bazaar
    • Glasnost’ Streetwalking: Fallen Monuments and Rising Dolls
    • Stalin’s Cinematic Charisma, or History as Kitsch
    • Trashy Jewels of Women Artists
    • Merchant Renaissance and Cultural Scandals
    • The Obscure Object of Advertisement
  • Conclusion: Nostalgia for the Common Place
  • Notes
  • Index

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