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Wonderlands of the Avant-Garde: Technology and the Arts in Russia of the 1920s

Julia Vaingurt

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ISBN 10: 0810136112 / ISBN 13: 9780810136113
Published by Northwestern University Press, 2017
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Title: Wonderlands of the Avant-Garde: Technology ...

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Publication Date: 2017

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: Reprint.

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In postrevolutionary Russia, as the Soviet government pursued rapid industrialization, avant-garde artists declared their intent to serve the nascent state and to transform life in accordance with their aesthetic designs. Despite their utilitarian intentions, however, most avant-gardists rarely created works regarded as practical instruments of societal transformation. Exploring this paradox, Vaingurt claims that the artists' fusion of technology and aesthetics prevented their creations from being fully conscripted into the arsenal of political hegemony. The purposes of avant-garde technologies, she contends, are contemplative rather than constructive. Looking at Meyerhold's theater, Tatlin's and Khlebnikov's architectural designs, Mayakovsky's writings, and other works from the period, Vaingurt offers an innovative reading of an exceptionally complex moment in the formation of Soviet culture.

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Julia Vaingurt is an assistant professor in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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