Men Out of Focus: The Soviet Masculinity Crisis in the Long Sixties
Men Out of Focus charts conversations and polemics about masculinity in Soviet cinema and popular media during the liberal period – often described as "The Thaw" – between the death of Stalin in 1953 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The book shows how the filmmakers of the long 1960s built stories around male protagonists who felt disoriented by a world that was becoming increasingly suburbanized, rebellious, consumerist, household-oriented, and scientifically complex. The dramatic tension of 1960s cinema revolved around the male protagonists’ inability to navigate the challenges of postwar life.
Selling over three billion tickets annually, the Soviet film industry became a fault line of postwar cultural contestation. By examining both the discussions surrounding the period’s most controversial movies as well as the cultural context in which these debates happened, the book captures the official and popular reactions to the dizzying transformations of Soviet society after Stalin.
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- Page Count: 344 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
"Exceptionally well written in graceful prose that is tinged with irony and humour, Men Out of Focus has the potential to make a major contribution to available scholarship. This book contributes to the study of Soviet masculinity, which has been neglected, and, as Dumančić indicates, is crucial for understanding our current moment."
Deborah Field, Department of History, Adrian College
"Utilizing a wide array of archival and printed primary sources, Men Out of Focus is a tour de force that will make a significant contribution to scholarship on the Soviet 1960s, Soviet filmmaking, and gender and masculinities in Russia and the Soviet Union as well as comparative and transnational studies."
Amy Randall, Department of History, Santa Clara University
Author InformationMarko Dumančić is an associate professor of Russian and East European History at Western Kentucky University.
Table of contents
Introduction: Men in Need of Saving?
1. What Was Stalinist Masculinity and Why Did It Change?
2. Being a Dad Is Not for Sissies
3. Generational Conflict, Soviet Style
4. The Trouble with Women: Consumerism and the Death of Rugged Masculinity
5. Our Friend the Atom? Science as a Threat to Masculinity
6. De-Heroization and Pan-European Masculinity Crisis
Epilogue: The End of the Long Sixties and the Fate of the Superfluous Man
Subjects and Coursesfilm and performance studies \ film studies \ film history
film and performance studies \ film studies \ world cinema
film and performance studies \ film studies
film and performance studies
history \ gender and sexuality
history \ slavic history
slavic studies \ slavic history