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Common places : mythologies of everyday life in Russia /

Main Author: Boym, Svetlana, 1959-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1994.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Theoretical Common Places
  • Rubber Plants and the Soviet Order of Things
  • Archeology of the Common Place
  • A Labyrinth without a Monster
  • The Mythologist as Traveler
  • 1. Mythologies of Everyday Life
  • Byt: Daily Grind and Domestic Trash
  • Poshlost': Banality, Obscenity, Bad Taste
  • Meshchanstvo: Middle Class, Middlebrow
  • Private Life and Russian Soul
  • Truth, Sincerity, Affectation
  • Kul'turnost': The Totalitarian Lacquer Box
  • Soviet Songs: From Stalin's Fairy Tale to "Good-bye, Amerika"
  • 2. Living in Common Places: The Communal Apartment
  • Family Romance and Communal Utopia
  • Art and the Housing Crisis: Intellectuals in the Closet
  • Welcome to the Communal Apartment
  • Psychopathology of Soviet Everyday Life
  • Interior Decoration
  • The Ruins of Utopia
  • A Homecoming, 1991
  • 3. Writing Common Places: Graphomania
  • History of the Literary Disease
  • The Forgotten Classics
  • The Genius of the People and the Conceptual Police
  • Glasnost,' Graphomania, and Popular Culture
  • A Taxi Ride with a Graphomaniac
  • 4. Postcommunism, Postmodernism
  • The End of the Soviet World: From the Barricades to the Bazaar
  • Glasnost' Streetwalking: Fallen Monuments and Rising Dolls
  • Stalin's Cinematic Charisma, or History as Kitsch
  • Trashy Jewels of Women Artists
  • Merchant Renaissance and Cultural Scandals
  • The Obscure Object of Advertisement. Conclusion: Nostalgia for the Common Place.