The Resource Iconography of power : Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin, Victoria E. Bonnell

Iconography of power : Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin, Victoria E. Bonnell

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Iconography of power : Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin
Title
Iconography of power
Title remainder
Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin
Statement of responsibility
Victoria E. Bonnell
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This study of the Soviet political posters issued between 1918 and 1953, describes the archetypal images they featured, such as the worker, the peasant woman, the enemy and the leader. It analyzes these Bolshevik icons and explains how they defined the popular outlook in Soviet Russia
  • "Masters at visual propaganda, the Bolsheviks produced thousands of vivid and compelling posters after they seized power in October 1917. Intended for a semi-literate population that was accustomed to the rich visual legacy of the Russian autocracy and the Orthodox Church, political posters came to occupy a central place in the regime's effort to imprint itself on the hearts and minds of the people and to remold them into the new Soviet women and men. In this first sociological study of Soviet political posters, Victoria Bonnell analyzes the shifts that took place in the images, messages, styles, and functions of political art from 1917 to 1953. Everyone who lived in Russia after the October revolution had some familiarity with stock images of the male worker, the great communist leaders, the collective farm woman, the capitalist, and others. These were the new icons' standardized images that depicted Bolshevik heroes and their adversaries in accordance with a fixed pattern. Like other 'invented traditions' of the modern age, iconographic images in propaganda art were relentlessly repeated, bringing together Bolshevik ideology and traditional mythologies of pre-Revolutionary Russia. Symbols and emblems featured in Soviet posters of the Civil War and the 1920s gave visual meaning to the Bolshevik worldview dominated by the concept of class. Beginning in the 1930s, visual propaganda became more prescriptive, providing models for the appearance, demeanor, and conduct of the new social types, both positive and negative. Political art also conveyed important messages about the sacred center of the regime which evolved during the 1930s from the celebration of the heroic proletariat to the deification of Stalin. Treating propaganda images as part of a particular visual language, Bonnell shows how people 'read' them--relying on their habits of seeing and interpreting folk, religious, commercial, and political art (both before and after 1917) as well as the fine art traditions of Russia and the West. Drawing on monumental sculpture and holiday displays as well as posters, the study traces the way Soviet propaganda art shaped the mentality of the Russian people (the legacy is present even today) and was itself shaped by popular attitudes and assumptions. Iconography of Power includes posters dating from the final decades of the old regime to the death of Stalin, located by the author in Russian, American, and English libraries and archives. One hundred exceptionally striking posters are reproduced in the book, many of them never before published. Bonnell places these posters in a historical context and provides a provocative account of the evolution of the visual discourse on power in Soviet Russia."--Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bonnell, Victoria E
Dewey number
947.084
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DK266.3
LC item number
.B58 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies on the history of society and culture
Series volume
27
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Political posters, Russian
  • Posters, Soviet
  • Affiches politiques russes
  • URSS
  • URSS
  • HISTORY
  • Political posters, Russian
  • Politics and government
  • Posters, Soviet
  • Soviet Union
Label
Iconography of power : Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin, Victoria E. Bonnell
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=6914
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Publication
Note
"A Centennial Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-344) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Iconography of the worker in Soviet political art -- Representation of women in early Soviet posters -- Peasant women in political posters of the 1930s -- The leader's two bodies: iconography of the Vozhd' -- Bolshevik demonology in visual propaganda -- The apotheosis of Stalinist political art
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 363 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520924062
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42855006
  • (OCoLC)ocm42855006
Label
Iconography of power : Soviet political posters under Lenin and Stalin, Victoria E. Bonnell
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=6914
Publication
Note
"A Centennial Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-344) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Iconography of the worker in Soviet political art -- Representation of women in early Soviet posters -- Peasant women in political posters of the 1930s -- The leader's two bodies: iconography of the Vozhd' -- Bolshevik demonology in visual propaganda -- The apotheosis of Stalinist political art
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxii, 363 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780520924062
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations (some color).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)42855006
  • (OCoLC)ocm42855006

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