Russian Children's Literature and Culture

by Marina (Illinois Wesleyan University, USA) Balina

Russian Children's Literature and Culture Synopsis

Soviet literature in general and Soviet children's literature in particular have often been labeled by Western and post-Soviet Russian scholars and critics as propaganda. Below the surface, however, Soviet children's literature and culture allowed its creators greater experimental and creative freedom than did the socialist realist culture for adults. This volume explores the importance of children's culture, from literature to comics to theater to film, in the formation of Soviet social identity and in connection with broader Russian culture, history, and society.

Russian Children's Literature and Culture Press Reviews

This volume is the first book-length study of Russian children's literature in English, and as such it is particularly welcome. -- Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2009

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415978644
Publication date: 11th October 2007
Author: Marina (Illinois Wesleyan University, USA) Balina
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: ChildrenÍs & teenage literature studies,

About Marina (Illinois Wesleyan University, USA) Balina

Marian Balina is Professor Russian at Illinois Wesleyan University. She has co-edited a number of collections, including Politiciing Magic: Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales (2005), Dictionary of Literary Biography: Russian Writers Since 1980 (2003), and Endquote: Sots-Art Literature and Soviet Empire Style (2000). Larissa Rudova is Associate Professor of Russian at Pomona College. She is author of Pasternak's Early Fiction and the Cultural Vanguard (1994) and Understanding Boris Pasternak (1997).

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