Petrified Utopia: Happiness Soviet Style (Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)

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Taken together, these essays redefine the preconceived notion of Soviet happiness as the product of official ideology imposed from above and expressed predominantly through collective experience, and provide evidence that the formation of the concept of individual happiness was not contained by the limitations of important state projects, controlled by state policies and aimed toward the creation of a new society.

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Redresses the lack of scholarship on the issue of the pursuit of collective happiness in Soviet culture, and presents a collection of essays that discuss different manifestations of happiness in literature and visual culture.

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Marina Balina is Isaac Funk Professor of Russian Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Evgeny Dobrenko is Professor of Russian Studies at Sheffield University.

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