An Ecology of the Russian Avant-Garde Picturebook

Sara Pankenier Weld | University of California, Santa Barbara
ISBN 9789027200181 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264527 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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An Ecology of the Russian Avant-Garde Picturebook takes a new approach to interpreting 1920s and 1930s picturebooks by prominent Russian writers, artists, and intellectuals by examining them within the ecological environment that, first, made them possible and, then, led to their demise. It argues that naturalistic models of the complex interactions of dynamic systems offer effective tools for understanding the fraught interrelations of art and censorship in the early Soviet period. Through illustrative case studies, it mounts a close analysis of word and image and their synergistic interplay in avant-garde picturebooks, while also recontextualizing them within the ecology of their original environment where extraordinary countervailing forces played out a drama of which these books survive as telling artifacts. Ultimately, it argues that the Russian avant-garde picturebook offers a uniquely illustrative example of literary ecology that sheds light on issues of creativity and censorship, politics and art, more broadly as well.
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“Weld’s study reaffirms the uniqueness of its characteristics in the history of children’s literature and highlights the historical and cultural complexities of the literary evolution in post-revolutionary Russia.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

DSB: Literary studies: general

Main BISAC Subject

LIT009000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017049961 | Marc record