By Petre M. Petrov
At the tip of the Twenties, the Modernist and avant-garde creative programmes of the early Soviet Union have been swept away via the increase of Stalinism and the dictates of Socialist Realism. Did this aesthetic transition additionally represent a conceptual holiday, or have been there unseen continuities among those routine? In Automatic for the Masses, Petre M. Petrov bargains a unique, theoretically expert account of that transition, tracing these connections via Modernist notions of supplier and authorship.
Reading the statements and manifestos of the Formalists, Constructivists, and different Soviet avant-garde artists, Petrov argues that Socialist Realism perpetuated in a brand new shape the Modernist “death of the author.” In reading this symbolic death, he exhibits how the legitimate tradition of the Nineteen Thirties could be visible as a perverted consciousness of modernism’s unrealizable venture. An insightful and not easy interpretation of the period, Automatic for the Masses may be required analyzing for these drawn to knowing early Soviet culture.
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