1917 and Beyond: Continuity, Rupture and Memory in Russian Music

Pauline Fairclough, Philip Bullock, Olga Panteleeva, Rebecca Mitchell, James Taylor, Caryl Emerson

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Long before the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 2017, scholars of Russia and the Soviet Union had questioned the notion that 1917 might constitute some kind of single, decisive rupture, whether in historiography or history itself. In particular, historians have come to see the October Revolution as an expression of Russia’s broader experience of modernity, revealing continuities between Imperial Russia and what was to become the Soviet Union, disputing narratives of exceptionalism, and proposing affinities with models of social development arguably more characteristic of Western European countries.
Taking inspiration from a body of scholarship which has problematized the question of how the aesthetic values of the 1920s gave way to what became Socialist Realism, as well as work which has challenged an entrenched divide between the Victorian era and modernism in English literary studies, this collection ranges widely over genres – opera, symphonic music, song – combines complementary methodological approaches – reception studies, cultural memory, librettology, intellectual history – and invokes not only the October Revolution, but other widely cited turning points in Russian history – romanticism into realism, cultural revolution, the Great Patriotic War, perestroika and the post-Soviet landscape, to suggest significant continuities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherModern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9781781889534
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2019

Publication series

NameSlavonic and East European Review
ISSN (Print)0037-6795
ISSN (Electronic)2222-4327

Bibliographical note

Special Issue of Slavonic and East European Review, guest-edited by myself and Philip Bullock


  • Russian Revolution
  • Soviet music
  • Soviet musicology


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