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The Popular Theatre Movement in Russia: 1862-1919


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Oktober 1998

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

From Peter the Great's creation of Europe's first theatre for popular enlightenment in 1710 to Lenin's decree nationalizing all Soviet theatres in 1919, Russian rulers have moved aggressively to exploit this ancient art form for ideological ends rather than for its commercial potential.After the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, educated Russians began to present plays as part of a crusade to "civilize" the peasants. Relying on archival and published material virtually unknown outside Russia, this study looks at how playwrights criticized current Russian social and political realities, how various groups perceived their plays, and how the plays motivated viewers to change themselves or change their circumstances. The picture that emerges is of a potent civic art -- rooted in the traditions of the Greek polls, where it had first appeared -- influential in a way that eluded and challenged authoritarian control.
EAN: 9780810115507
ISBN: 0810115506
Untertitel: 'Studies in Russian Literature'. First. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: NORTHWESTERN UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1998
Seitenanzahl: 376 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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