Title :

Masters of the earth : gender and destalinisation in Soviet reformist painting of the Khrushchev Thaw

Author :
REID, Susan E. ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines reformist painting of the Khrushchev Thaw - the period of destalinisation and relative liberalisation in the Soviet Union, ca.1956-1962 - from the perspective of gender, in relation to the policies and ideology of 'Khrushchevism'. It shows that there is no automatic correlation between political and cultural liberalisation and progress towards sexual equality. The Khrushchev regime differentiated its address to the Soviet people along conventionally gendered lines. Where consumer goods, living standards and labor regulation were at issue, women figured centrally. But they had little part to play in approved representations of the Party's political promises. Conceived by antithesis to the 'emasculation' of society under Stalin, the icons of Khrushchevism visualised the proposed 'democratisation' and re-empowerment of civil society in the transition to communism as the Soviet people's coming of age. Not only were the heroes male, but the modernised socialist realism or 'contemporary style' in which key reformist works were painted was conceived in terms that equated the dawning of communism with conventionally masculine virtues. ;
Pagination/Size :
276-312; 11 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Hruscev, Nikita Sergeevic, 1894-1971 ; Peinture ; Politique ; Régime soviétique (1917-1991) ; Russie, Fédération de ; Sexe (catégorie) ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Gender (sex) ; Hruscev, Nikita Sergeevic, 1894-1971 ; Painting ; Politics ; Russian Federation ; Soviet regime (1917-1991) ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Gender & history (Print), 1999, 11, 2, July
INIST identifier :
24985420 ;
ISSN 0953-5233 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Blackwell, Oxford
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