By Kevin M. F. Platt, David Brandenberger
Targeting a couple of historic and literary personalities who have been seemed with disdain within the aftermath of the 1917 revolution - figures akin to Peter the nice, Ivan the negative, Alexander Pushkin, Leo [illegible], and Mikhail [illegible] - Epic Revisionism tells the attention-grabbing tale of those participants' go back to canonical prestige in the course of the darkest days of the Stalin period. An inherently interdisciplinary venture, Epic Revisionism positive factors items on literary and cultural historical past, movie, opera, and theater. It pairs scholarly essays with decisions from Stalin-era basic resources - newspaper articles, unpublished archival files, brief tales - to supply scholars and experts with the richest attainable realizing of this understudied phenomenon in smooth Russian heritage.
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For more discussion along this line, see “Na tekushchie temy,” Na literaturnom postu – (): –. 48. The ﬁrst RAPP plenum was convened in May of that year. 49. Krasnaia nov’ had also published Tolstoi’s correspondence with I. I. Panaev, as well as family memoirs. The editors answered the charges against them by Lev Tolstoi explaining that additional selections by R. Luxembourg, Friche, and Raskol’nikov represented the true ideological position of the journal. For the critique of Krasnaia nov’, see V.
Lunacharskii, “Po povodu iubileinogo izdaniia sochinenii L. N. Tolstogo,” Pravda, February ; Vladimir Bonch-Bruevich, “Lenin i Tolstoi,” Pravda, November , , cited in “O polnom sobranii sochinenii Tolstogo (‘iubileinom’),” Literaturnoe nasledstvo , no. (): . 28. Even such strident authorities as the Bezbozhnik Publishing House adopted this “centrist” rhetoric. They criticized those who denigrated Tolstoi’s talent as an author, but they also censured Lunacharskii for glorifying Tolstoi beyond measure.
In an obvious rebuke of Lunacharskii, the author noted that a leading orator’s speech had struck a false note; worse still, he complained, in the provinces “a whole aria from a completely diﬀerent opera” had been performed. As evidence he cited an article from an Orel newspaper describing the great respect that the Iasnaia Poliana peasants held for Tolstoi and the religious atmosphere surrounding the celebration of the holiday at the estate. 50 The following year, , saw the arrest of former Krasnaia nov’ editor Aleksandr Voronskii as a Trotskyite and the removal of Lunacharskii from his post as commissar of education.
Epic Revisionism: Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda by Kevin M. F. Platt, David Brandenberger