Performing Russia: Folk Revival and Russian Identity

1st Edition

Laura Olson

Routledge
Published January 22, 2004
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780415406178 - CAT# RU0617X
Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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Summary

This book examines folk music and dance revival movements in Russia, exploring why this folk culture has come to represent Russia, how it has been approached and produced, and why memory and tradition, in these particular forms, have taken on particular significance in different periods. Above all it shows how folk "tradition" in Russia is an artificial cultural construct, which is periodically reinvented, and it demonstrates in particular how the "folk revival" has played a key role in strengthening Russian national consciousness in the post-Soviet period.

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