Carnival Culture and the Soviet Modernist Novel

  • Craig Brandist

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Carnival and Cultural Politics

  3. Carnival and the Russian Literary Intelligentsia

  4. Carnival and the Soviet Modernist Novel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Craig Brandist
      Pages 105-134
    3. Craig Brandist
      Pages 226-228
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 229-264

About this book


This book examines the work of five Soviet prose writers - Olesha, Platonov, Kharms, Bulgakov and Vaginov - in the light of the carnivalesque elements of Russian popular culture. It shows that while Bakhtin's account of carnival culture sheds considerable light on the work of these writers, they need to be considered with reference to both the concrete forms of Russian and Soviet popular culture and the changing institutional framework of Soviet society in the 1920s and 1930s.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Craig Brandist
    • 1
  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordUK

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