ABSTRACT

Bringing together scholars from Russia, the United States and Europe, this collection of essays is the first to explore the slippery phenomenon of post-Soviet nostalgia by studying it as a discursive practice serving a wide variety of ideological agendas. The authors demonstrate how feelings of loss and displacement in post-Soviet Russia are turned into effective tools of state building and national mobilization, as well as into weapons for local resistance and the assertion of individual autonomy. Drawing on novels, memoirs, documentaries, photographs and Soviet commodities, Post-Soviet Nostalgia is an invaluable resource for historians, literary scholars and anthropologists interested in how Russia comes to terms with its Soviet past.

chapter |17 pages

Introduction

The Many Practices of Post-Soviet Nostalgia: Affect, Appropriation, Contestation
ByOtto Boele, Boris Noordenbos, Ksenia Robbe

part I|68 pages

Affect

chapter 1|17 pages

Journeying to the Golden Spaces of Childhood

Nostalgic Longing in the Online Community The USSR Our Motherland Through the Visual Image of the Soviet Toy
ByMandy Duijn

chapter 2|32 pages

Second-Hand Nostalgia

On Charms and Spells of the Soviet Trukhliashechka
BySerguei Alex. Oushakine

chapter 3|17 pages

Village Voice

Peasant Nostalgia in Recent Oral History
ByKathleen Parthé

part II|67 pages

Appropriation

chapter 4|26 pages

Longing for Fear and Darkness

“Oppositional Grassroots Stalinism” in the 1970s–1980s and Its Influence on Legitimizing Political Elites in Today’s Russia 1
ByIlya Kukulin

chapter 5|18 pages

Remembering Chernobyl Through the Lens of Post-Soviet Nostalgia

ByEmily D. Johnson

chapter 6|21 pages

To Be Continued

Post-Soviet Nostalgia in Sergei Miroshnichenko’s Time-Lapse Documentary Series Born in the USSR
ByBoris Noordenbos

part III|80 pages

Contestation

chapter 7|26 pages

Under the Sign of Nostalgia

The Cultural Revolution in Perm and Its Narrative Representations
ByMarina Abasheva, Vladimir Abashev

chapter 8|20 pages

Nostalgia Inside Out

Re-Addressing Post-Soviet Loss in Andrei Astvatsaturov’s Novels
ByKsenia Robbe

chapter 9|21 pages

“Perestroika and the 1990s—Those Were the Best Years of My Life!”

Nostalgia for the Post-Soviet Limbo
ByOtto Boele

chapter |11 pages

Afterword

After Nostalgia: A Backward Glance at a Backward Glance
ByKevin M.F. Platt