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Global Socialisms and their Aesthetics
Between Eastern Europe and Africa

Edited By

Gesine Drews-Sylla

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ISBN 9781138707351
April 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Socialism is one of the main global paradigms that shaped the 20th century. While it is characterized by a transcultural, universalizing utopia, socialism has actually manifested itself in a large variety of local concepts that modify, alter, adapt and localize its universalisms in time and space (e.g., Soviet-style communism, Western socialist movements, African socialism or its North Korean and Chinese versions). Socialism as an idea has been spread all over the world, regardless of whether a given society has defined itself as socialist or not, whether it was a real life experiment in society or a cultural counter-concept to local or transnational power structures (such as imperialism and colonialism).

The book explores, on the one hand, a) both (aesthetic) manifestations of and (discursive) contradictions within the socialist paradigm in case studies on the former East Bloc and the Global South, mostly Africa, and b) the ways these manifestations became entangled on aesthetic, material, and personal levels. On the other hand, neither the East Bloc, nor Africa formed exclusive bilateral relationships, but were also part of the global world's networks. The Black Atlantic includes, of course, the U.S., the Global South does not limit itself to the African continent, but extends to India, for instance. Thus new perspectives on the entanglements between different edges of the antagonistic Cold War world become evident.

Table of Contents

I Introduction

II Eastern and Southern Paradigms of Socialist Aesthetics

1. Fin de siècle Socialist Realism: Aesthetics of Socialism in Eastern Europe and the USSR After Stalin

Evgeny Dobrenko

2. African Socialist Cultural Policy: Senegal under Senghor, 1960-1980

Joshua I. Cohen  

3. Socialist Village Stories in Global Perspective

Marcus Twellmann

4. Non-Terminality and 'Utopia' in African Socialist Drama

Victor S. Dugga

5.‘Gutsaruzhinji’: Schizophrenic-Hypocrisy and the Failure of Socialism in Zimbabwe

Nyasha Mboti

6. Political Iconography in Artistic Practice in Socialist Angola and Mozambique

Nadine Siegert

7. Afrobeat Utopia and the Ghosts of Empire

Saheed Yinka Adejumobi

III Contradicting Contacts: Cooperation, Representation, Discrimination

8. The Early Soviet Critique of Bourgeois Orientalism as a Precondition for Postcolonial Studies: The Case of Indology

Craig Brandist  

9. José Manuel Prieto between Cuban and Soviet Magical Realism?

Susanne Frank

10. Soviet Assistance in Film Industry Development in Africa and for Africans (1960s-1980s)

Gabrielle Chomentowski

11. Socialist African Artists in International Perspective

Bärbel Küster

12. Socialist Exchange, or Socialist Orientalism? Polish Reporters on India

Agnieszka Sadecka

13.  The Socialist Experiment in Africa in the Soviet Press 1960-1961

Svetlana Boltovskaja

14."Maće, idem kod Kljuza!": Everyday Racism in Non-Aligned Yugoslavia

Davor Beganović

15. Senghor and Sembene – Soviet Culture’s Split Appropriation of Socialism in Africa

Gesine Drews-Sylla

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Dr Gesine Drews-Sylla is in the Slavic Department, University of Tübingen, Germany.