Russian Television Today: Primetime Drama and Comedy - Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series (Hardback)David MacFadyen (author)
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Examining the role of dramatized narratives in Russian television, this book stresses the ways in which the Russian government under Putin use primetime television to express a new understanding of what it means to be Russian, answering key questions of national identity for modern Russians in dealing with their recent history: 'What really happened to us?' and, accordingly, 'Why?'
The book covers important issues in Russian television today, including:the reworking of new 'national' on-screen heroes its relationship with classic literaturethe revisionist portrayal of a romantic portrait of life in the Soviet erathe role of thematic elements such as love, fidelity, humour and irony the particularly pressing problem of crime and its representation on screen as Mafia or police adventure, and its political usage by the Putin administration.
This book provides a detailed account of the critical issues in contemporary Russian television, relating them to broader social and political developments in Russian society.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 19 mm
'A serious piece of original research, his book can be recommended as a course reader for postgraduate students of contemporary Russian fi lm and culture, as well as a good introduction for members of the general public keen to know more about Russian televized drama and the complexities of the new sense of nationhood emerging in post-Soviet Russian society.' - Slavonica, November 2008
'The book is somewhat an encyclopedia of television dramas and comedies in Putin's Russia...There are ten chapters in the book including the conclusion. Six of them discuss television programmes by genre...All this makes the book a very useful resource for Russian Studies students, academics and the general public interested in television and culture in Putin's Russia' - Natasha Rylyova, University of Birmingham, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema
'The topic is a compelling one, potentially of interest to scholars working in related spheres of popular culture.' - Lyndall Morgan, Australian Slavonic and East European Studies
"This book is a comprehensive and detailed study of prime-time fictional televison that manages to incorporate without distortion the richness of pre-Soviet (and in some cases, Soviet) literature as the primary formative stratum of contemporary television. But this study is far more than an account of the literary themes in today's fictional televison programs. True, the author recounts the plots and filming information about an enormous number of movies and television series of all genres. It might have been overwhelming for the reader, but for the author's felicitous style, thorough knowledge and the constant motion traveling across time and type of art form, with political events neither absent nor unduly stressed." - Ellen Mickiewicz, Slavic Review, Vol. 68 No. 4 (Winter 2009)
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