Postmodern Crises: From Lolita to Pussy Riot

Postmodern Crises: From Lolita to Pussy Riot


Mark Lipovetsky

Series: Ars Rossica
ISBN: 9781618115584 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 260 pp.; 3 illus
Publication Date: January 2017


Postmodern Crises collects previously published and yet unpublished Mark Lipovetsky’s articles on Russian literature and film. Written in different years, they focus on cultural and aesthetic crises that, taken together, constitute the postmodern condition of Russian culture. The reader will find here articles about classic subversive texts (such as Nabokov’s Lolita), performances (Pussy Riot), and recent, but also subversive, films. Other articles discuss such authors as Vladimir Sorokin, such  sociocultural discourses  as the discourse of scientific intelligentsia; post-Soviet adaptations of Socialist Realism, and contemporary trends of “complex” literature, as well as literary characters turned into cultural tropes (the Strugatsky’s progressors). The book will be interesting for teachers and scholars of contemporary Russian literature and culture; it can be used both in undergraduate and graduate courses.

Mark Lipovetsky is professor and chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the author of more than a hundred articles and eight books, as well as co-editor of fifteen volumes on Russian literature and culture. Currently, Lipovetsky is working on a critical biography of Dmitry Prigov and editing his collected works. In 2014, Lipovetsky received an award of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages for the outstanding contribution to scholarship.

Table of Contents



The War of Discourses: Lolita and the Failure of a Transcendental Project
The Poetics of the ITR Discourse: In the 1960s and Today
The Progressor between the Imperial and the Colonial
Cycles and Continuities in Contemporary Russian Literature
Flеshing/Flashing the Discourse: Sorokin’s Master Trope
Pussy Riot as the Trickstar
The Formal Is Political


Post-Soc: Transformations of Socialist Realism in the Popular Culture of the Late 1990s–Early 2000s
War as the Family Value: My Stepbrother Frankenstein by Valery Todorovsky
A Road of Violence: My Joy by Sergei Loznitsa
In Denial: The Geographer Drank His Globe Away by Aleksandr Veledinsky
Lost in Translation: Short Stories by Mikhail Segal

Works Cited