A Companion to Soviet Children’s Literature and Film offers a comprehensive and innovative analysis of Soviet literary and cinematic production for children. Its contributors contextualize and reevaluate Soviet children’s books, films, and animation and explore their contemporary re-appropriation by the Russian government, cultural practitioners, and educators.
Celebrating the centennial of Soviet children’s literature and film, the Companion reviews the rich and dramatic history of the canon. It also provides an insight into the close ties between Soviet children’s culture and Avant-Garde aesthetics, investigates early pedagogical experiments of the Soviet state, documents the importance of translation in children’s literature of the 1920-80s, and traces the evolution of heroic, fantastic, historical, and absurdist Soviet narratives for children.
Olga Voronina is Associate Professor of Russian at Bard College. She co-edited and co-translated, with Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov’s
Letters to Véra (Knopf 2015/ Penguin, 2014), and published on Soviet children's literature, media discourse of the Cold War, Post-Soviet transformation of the Russian literary canon, and Nabokov’s art and metaphysics.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Figures Notes on Contributors Introduction: ''The Only Universal National Text'': On the Centennial of Soviet Children's Literature and FilmOlga Voronina
Forging a New Children's Culture: (R)evolution, Poetics, Aesthetics
Unnatural Selection: A Natural History of Early Soviet PicturebooksSara Pankenier Weld 2
The Junctures of Child Psychology and Soviet Avant-Garde Film: Representations, Influences, ApplicationsAna Hedberg Olenina 3
The Dictionary as a Toy Collection: Interactions between Avant-Garde Aesthetics and Soviet Children's LiteratureAinsley Morse 4
The Literary Avant-Garde and Soviet Literature for Children: OBERIU in the Leningrad Periodicals Еж and ЧижOleg Minin
Constructing Socialism, Building the Self: History, Ideology, Narrative
Re-Imagining the Past for Future Generations: History as Fiction in Soviet Children's LiteratureMarina Balina 6
Education of the Soul, Bolshevik Style: Pedagogy in Soviet Children's Literature from the 1920s to the early 1930sOlga Voronina 7
''Be Always Ready!'': Hero Narratives in Soviet Children's LiteratureSvetlana Maslinskaya 8
Unspeakable Truths: Children of the Siege in Soviet LiteratureTatiana Voronina and Polina Barskova
New Approaches to the Avant-Garde: Reconstructing the Canon
Children's Poetry and Translation in the Soviet Era: Strategies of Rewriting, Transformation and AdaptationMaria Khotimsky 10
Under the Hypnosis of Disney: Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Soviet Animation for ChildrenLora Wheeler Mjolsness 11
Embracing Eccentricity: Золушка and the Avant-Garde ImaginationLarissa Rudova 12
The Queer Legacies of Late Socialism, or What Cheburashka and Gary Shteyngart Have in CommonAnna Fishzon Bibliography Index
All interested in Soviet children's literature and film, and anyone concerned with the evolution of Russian children's culture from 1917 to the present. Keywords: children's literature, Soviet children's culture, Soviet animation, Russian Avant-Garde, 1920s pedagogical experiments, OBERIU, pioneer organization, translation, psychoanalysis, Soviet school, picturebooks, evolutionary theory of literature, Post-Soviet cultural politics.