Identifying who was "inside" and who was "outside" the Soviet/Russian body politic has been a matter of intense and violent urgency, especially in the high Stalinist and post-Soviet periods. It is a theme encountered prominently in film. Employing a range of interpretive methods practiced in Russian/Soviet film studies, Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema highlights the varied ways that Russian and Soviet cinema constructed otherness and foreignness. While the essays explore the "us versus them" binary well known to students of Russian culture and the ways in which Russian films depicted these distinctions, the book demonstrates just how impossible maintaining this binary proved to be.
Contributors are Anthony Anemone, Julian Graffy, Peter Kenez, Joan Neuberger, Stephen M. Norris, Oleg Sulkin, Yuri Tsivian, Emma Widdis, and Josephine Woll.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 32 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
. . . Stephen Norris and Zara Torlone have . . . produced an anthology that is the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. . .Lucidly written, well researched, persuasively argued, lavishly illustrated, Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema can be read with pleasure and profit by anyone from the general reader interesed in Russian culture to the most seasoned Russian film specialist.Vol. 68.2 April 2009 -- Denise J. Youngblood * University of Vermont *
. . . The nine essays are wonderful in their analyses of films. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.February 2009 * Choice *
. . .a fine collection of essays by leading film scholars . . . .Vol. 68.4 Winter 2009 -- Brigit Beumers * University of Bristol *
[The editors] and the volume's contributors offer an insightful survey of how Soviet and Russian cinema constructed the meanings of Soviet, Russian and foreign identities over the course of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. . . . It will be useful to graduate students and scholars working in the area of Russian and film studies.V.89.3 Jully 2011 * Slavic and East European Review *
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