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SLAV2107 - SLAV2107/2108 Reading List Semester One 2014-15

Not by Bread Alone: Everyday Culture under the Soviet Regime, 2014/15, Semester 1, 2
Inna Tigountsova
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Texts:

Theoretical and Cultural Texts

1 Arvatov, Boris (1997), ‘Everyday Life and the Culture of the Thing (Towards the Formulation of the Question),’ October, 81, pp. 119-128.

2 Trotsky, Leon (1973), Problems of Everyday Life: Creating the Foundations for a New Society in Revolutionary Russia. London: Pathfinder, pp. 29-61.

3 Fitzpatrick, Sheila (1993), ‘Ascribing Class: The Construction of Social Identity in Soviet Russia’, Journal of Modern History Vol 65, No. 4, pp. 745-70.

4 Glass, Becky and Stolee, Margaret (1987), ‘Family Law in Russia, 1917-1945’, Journal of Marriage and Family Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 893-902

5 Lodder, Christina. Russian Constructivism. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1983.

6 Zdhanov A. A. (2004), ‘Soviet Literature - The Richest in Ideas, the Most Advanced Literature’. [Speech delivered in August 1934 at Soviet Writers Congress] Transcribed by Jose Braz for the Marxists Internet Archive: https://www.marxists.org/subject/art/lit_crit/sovietwritercongress/zdhanov.htm  Source: Gorky, Radek, Bukharin, Zhdanov and others “Soviet Writers’ Congress 1934”, page 15-26, Lawrence & Wishart, 1977.

7 Kelly, Catriona (2005). Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Hero. London: Granta Books. extracts

Literary texts:

9 Krymov, Yuri (1977). The Tanker Derbent .Translated from Russian by R. Dixon. Moscow: Foreign Literature Press, 1977. (Chapter 5. The Stakhanov trip, pp. 130-169; online at http://www.archive.org/details/tankerderbent00krymiala)

8 Bulgakov, Mikhail (1997). The Master and Margarita. Translated and with notes by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky with an Introduction by Richard Pevear. London: Penguin.


10 Eisenstein, Sergei (1927). October  

11 Vertov, Dziga (1929) The Man with the Movie Camera

12 Room, Abram (1927). Bed and Sofa

13 Aleksandrov, Grigorii (1938) Volga-Volga 


14 Socialist Realist Paintings representing aviation (ppt in VLE)

Essential reading on the literary texts:

15 Pittman, Riita H. The Writer’s Divided Self in Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita”. Oxford: MacMillian, 1991.  

Online guide to The Master and Margarita


Essential reading on the films:

16 Sperber, Murray. Eisenstein’s October in Jump Cut, no. 14, 1977, pp. 15-22 http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC14folder/October.html

17 Graffy, Julian, Bed and Sofa: The BFI Companion (p. 39-63) multiple copies are in the library

18 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_With_The_Movie_Camera


Essential background reading

Boym, Svetlana (1994). Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


This list was last updated on 19/08/2014