ERIC Number: ED213025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-25
Reference Count: 0
Reading for the Masses: Popular Soviet Fiction, 1976-80. Research Report.
Noting that Soviet prose, drama, and poetry reveal the nuances of the moods and policies fostered by the Soviet government while reflecting the Soviet reading public's interests and aspirations, this report describes a study of the values and attitudes by which the Soviets live as reflected in the literature published in Soviet literary magazines between 1976 and 1980. Following an overview of the project, the first section of the report discusses each of the seven Soviet literary journals studied. The remaining portion of the report discusses topics found in Soviet literature as follows: (1) vocal Soviet patriotism, (2) positive hero, (3) industrial development and its rural variants, (4) the vanishing Russian village, (5) the Soviet city, (6) Russian history, (7) World War II, (8) the exotic, (9) equality and elitism, (10) ethics, (11) crime and antisocial behavior, (12) the sexual revolution, (13) the shaky Soviet family, (14) religion, (15) the senior citizen, and (16) America. A concluding section discusses the overall merits and shortcomings of Soviet literary efforts. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: International Communication Agency, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A