Russian Television Today: Primetime Drama and Comedy

1st Edition

David MacFadyen

Routledge
Published March 24, 2011
Reference - 254 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415491761 - CAT# Y100531
Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

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Summary

Examining the role of dramatized narratives in Russian television, this book stresses the ways in which the Russian government under Putin use primetime television to express a new understanding of what it means to be Russian, answering key questions of national identity for modern Russians in dealing with their recent history: ‘What really happened to us?’ and, accordingly, ‘Why?’

The book covers important issues in Russian television today, including:

  • the reworking of new ‘national’ on-screen heroes
  • its relationship with classic literature
  • the revisionist portrayal of a romantic portrait of life in the Soviet era
  • the role of thematic elements such as love, fidelity, humour and irony
  • the particularly pressing problem of crime and its representation on screen as Mafia or police adventure, and its political usage by the Putin administration.

This book provides a detailed account of the critical issues in contemporary Russian television, relating them to broader social and political developments in Russian society.

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