Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine

By Mayhill C. Fowler

© 2017

In Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge, Mayhill C. Fowler tells the story of the rise and fall of a group of men who created culture both Soviet and Ukrainian. This collective biography showcases new aspects of the politics of cultural production in the Soviet Union by focusing on theater and on the multi-ethnic borderlands. Unlike their contemporaries in Moscow or Leningrad, these artists from the regions have been all but forgotten despite the quality of their art. Beau Monde restores the periphery to the center of Soviet culture. Sources in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Yiddish highlight the important multi-ethnic context and the challenges inherent in constructing Ukrainian culture in a place of Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, and Jews. Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge traces the growing overlap between the arts and the state in the early Soviet years, and explains the intertwining of politics and culture in the region today.

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In Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge, Mayhill C. Fowler tells the story of the rise and fall of a group of men who created culture both Soviet and Ukrainian.

Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine

By Mayhill C. Fowler

© 2017

In Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge, Mayhill C. Fowler tells the story of the rise and fall of a group of men who created culture both Soviet and Ukrainian. This collective biography showcases new aspects of the politics of cultural production in the Soviet Union by focusing on theater and on the multi-ethnic borderlands. Unlike their contemporaries in Moscow or Leningrad, these artists from the regions have been all but forgotten despite the quality of their art. Beau Monde restores the periphery to the center of Soviet culture. Sources in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Yiddish highlight the important multi-ethnic context and the challenges inherent in constructing Ukrainian culture in a place of Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, and Jews. Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge traces the growing overlap between the arts and the state in the early Soviet years, and explains the intertwining of politics and culture in the region today.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘This book offers a necessary reappraisal of the formative Soviet decades in Ukraine and helps us understand better how Soviet culture developed across the Soviet Union… It offers a new and original angle to studying Soviet nationalities policy.’


    Olena Palko
    European History Quarterly, vol 47:04:2017

    "This engaging book is a model of interdisciplinary work, undoubtedly facilitated by Fowler’s background in theatre… Her study challenges established historians who ignore cultural production, and it deserves to be read by scholars of diverse disciplines. "


    Susan Costanzo
    Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 96, no. 3, July 2018

    "Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge is a wonderful piece of work; it is beautifully written, in a witty, textured, and lively prose. Mayhill C. Fowler has a visceral – as well as an intellectual and theoretical – understanding of theatre and of audience that shows on every page of the manuscript."


    Irena Makaryk, Department of English, University of Ottawa
  • Author Information

    Mayhill C. Fowler is an assistant professor of history at Stetson University.

  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgements

    Note to the Reader on Transliteration

    Abbreviations

    Introduction: The Beau Monde on the Borderlands

    Chapter 1: The Russian Imperial Southwest: Theater in the Age of Modernism and Pogroms

    Chapter 2: The Literary Fair: Mikhail Bulgakov and Mykola Kulish

    Chapter 3: Comedy Soviet and Ukrainian?: Il'f-Petrov and Ostap Vyshnia

    Chapter 4: The Officical Artist: Solomon Mikhoels and Les' Kurbas

    Chapter 5: The Arts Official: Andrii Khvylia, Vsevolod Balyts'kyi, and the Kremlin

    Chapter 6: Soviet Beau Monde: The Gulag and Kremlin Cabaret

    Notes

    Selected Bibliography

    Index