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Sexual Revolution In Bolshevik Russia (Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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ISBN: 0822942380, 978-0-8229-4238-2
Издательство: University of Pittsburgh Press
Год издания: 2004
Страниц: 272
Book DescriptionSexual Revolution in Bolshevik Russia offers a comprehensive literary and cultural history of sex and society in the Soviet Union during the 1920s. The Bolshevik Revolution promised a total transformation of Russian society, down to its most intimate details. But in the years immediately following 1917, it was by no means clear how this would come about. Sex and sexuality became a crucial battleground for debates about the Soviet future, and literature emerged as a primary domain through which sex could be imagined and discussed. Despite optimistic claims that Bolshevism would overcome bourgeois depravity, the writings of the 1920s in all genres were awash in sexual adventure, promiscuity, various chauvinisms, date and gang rape, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as sex-related alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. In discussions about sex, party officials contradicted themselves, sociologists grappled with difficult social problems,...