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Exploring the hinterlands : avant-garde temporality, socialist realism, and Pogodin’s Aristocrats

Skinner, Amy

Authors

Dr Amy Skinner A.E.Skinner@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Practice



Abstract

Soviet socialist realism is frequently constructed as the death knell of the Russian avant-garde. The combination of vague instructions (mainly concerning the required effect of the work, rather than its formal construction) with severe consequences for non-compliance restricted the appetite for experimentation amongst Soviet writers of the socialist realist era. This article considers the relationship between avant-garde technique and the socialist realist project through a case study of one of the earliest socialist realist plays, Nikolai Pogodin’s Aristocrats (1934–5). Through analysis of the temporal aesthetic underwriting Pogodin’s play, the article explores how avant-garde approaches to temporality continue to influence post-avant-garde play-texts, suggesting a model for the theatrical transitions that occur at the avant-garde hinterlands. Finally, it turns to the production of Pogodin’s play under Nikolai Okhlopkov at the Realistic Theatre and his use of the vortex form as a scenographic idiom. The article concludes by arguing that these hinterland texts, where avant-garde technique serves socialist realist intentions, form a vital moment in understanding how a legacy for Russian avant-garde practice can be defined.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Journal Studies in theatre and performance
Print ISSN 1468-2761
Electronic ISSN 2040-0616
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Pages 257-268
APA6 Citation Skinner, A. (2016). Exploring the hinterlands : avant-garde temporality, socialist realism, and Pogodin’s Aristocrats. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 36(3), (257-268). doi:10.1080/14682761.2016.1225184. ISSN 1468-2761
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2016.1225184
Keywords Avant-garde; Socialist realism; Pogodin, Nikolaĭ, 1900-1962; Okhlopkov, N. P.; Temporal aesthetics; Vortex
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14682761.2016.1225184
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in theatre and performance on 01/09/2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/14682761.2016.1225184

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