BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert W. Orttung, ed., “Sustaining Russia’s Arctic Cities: Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change” (Berghahn Books, 2018)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Urban areas in Arctic Russia are experiencing unprecedented social and ecological change. This collection outlines the key challenges that city managers will face in navigating this shifting political, economic, social, and environmental terrain. In… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ani Kokobobo, “Russian Grotesque Realism: The Great Reforms and the Gentry Decline” (Ohio State UP, 2018)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Russian Grotesque Realism: The Great Reforms and the Gentry Decline offers a comprehensive reevaluation of the Russian realist novel and proposes that a composite style, grotesque realism, developed in response to social upheaval during… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Walworth, “Soviet Salvage: Imperial Debris, Revolutionary Reuse, and Russian Constructivism” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley In Soviet Salvage, Catherine Walworth explores how artists on the margins of the Constructivist movement of the 1920s rejected elitist mediums and imagined a new world, knitting together avant-garde art, imperial castoffs, and everyday… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sophie Roche, “Domesticating Youth: Youth Bulges and their Socio-political Implications in Tajikistan” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Most of the Muslim societies of the world have entered a demographic transition from high to low fertility, and this process is accompanied by an increase in youth vis–vis other age groups. Political scientists and historians have debated whether such… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Philip Cavendish, “The Men with the Movie Camera: The Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Unlike previous studies of the Soviet avant-garde during the silent era, which have regarded the works of the period as manifestations of directorial vision, this study emphasizes the collaborative principle at the heart of avant-garde filmmaking units and draws attention… Read More
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