Overkill : sex and violence in contemporary Russian popular culture (Book, 2008) [WorldCat.org]
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Overkill : sex and violence in contemporary Russian popular culture

Author: Eliot Borenstein
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008.
Series: Culture and society after socialism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Perestroika and the end of the Soviet Union transformed every aspect of life in Russia, and as hope began to give way to pessimism, popular culture came to reflect the anxiety and despair felt by many Russians. In 'Overkill' Borenstein explores the lurid and often-disturbing landscape of modern Russian popular culture.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Borenstein, Eliot, 1966-
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eliot Borenstein
ISBN: 9780801445835 0801445833 9780801474033 0801474035
OCLC Number: 154706642
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Heldt Prize for the Best Book in Sla.
Description: xv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: About that : sex and its metaphors --
Stripping the nation bare : pornography as politics --
Pimping the motherland : Russia bought and sold --
To be continued : death and the art of serial storytelling --
Women who run with the wolves --
Men of action : heroic melodrama and the passion of Mad Dog --
Overkill : bespredel and gratuitous violence --
Conclusion : someone like Putin.
Series Title: Culture and society after socialism.
Other Titles: Sex and violence in contemporary Russian popular culture
Responsibility: Eliot Borenstein.
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Borenstein argues that the popular cultural products consumed in the post-perestroika era were more than just diversions; they allowed Russians to indulge their despair over economic woes and  Read more...


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