The Life Cycle of Russian Things re-orients commodity studies using interdisciplinary and comparative methods to foreground unique Russian and Soviet materials as varied as apothecary wares, isinglass, limestone and tanks. It also transforms modernist and Western interpretations of the material by emphasizing the commonalities of the Russian experience.
Expert contributors from across the United States, Canada, Britain, and Germany come together to situate Russian material culture studies at an interdisciplinary crossroads. Drawing upon theory from anthropology, history, and literary and museum studies, the volume presents a complex narrative, not only in terms of material consumption but also in terms of production and the secondary life of inheritance, preservation, or even destruction. In doing so, the book reconceptualises material culture as a lived experience of sensory interaction. The Life Cycle of Russian Things sheds new light on economic history and consumption studies by reflecting the diversity of Russia's experiences over the last 400 years.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
In this engaging book, readers learn what different meanings individual objects acquired through their lifespan, and in the different places that they found themselves in, and how they were able to form different relationships with those who saw, touched, and used them depending on the setting. In doing so, this study offers an innovative perspective of the Russian past. * Julia Mannherz, Associate Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, UK *