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The Pedagogy of Images


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Primers of Soviet Modernity: Depicting Communism for Children in Early Soviet Russia
Serguei Alex. Oushakine and Marina Balina

Part One: Mediation

1. Three Degrees of Exemplary Boyhood in Boris Kustodiev’s Soviet Paradise
Helena Goscilo

2. How the Revolution Triumphed: Alisa Poret’s Textbook of Cultural Iconography
Yuri Leving

3. Foto-glaz: Children as Photo-Correspondents in Early Soviet Periodicals
Erika Wolf

4. Autonomous Animals Animated: Samozveri as a Constructivist Do It Yourself Book
Aleksandar Bošković

5. The Fragile Power of Paper and Projection
Birgitte Beck Pristed

Part Two: Technology

6. From Nature to “Second Nature” and Back
Larissa Rudova

7. The Production of the Man-Machine: The Child as Instrument of Futurity
Sara Pankenier Weld

8. Spells of Materialist Magic, or Soviet Children and Electric Power
Kirill Chunikin

9. “Do It Yourself!”: Teaching Technological Creativity at the Time of Soviet Industrialization
Maria Litovskaia

10. The Camel and the Caboose: Viktor Shklovsky’s Turksib and the Pedagogy of Uneven Development
Michael Kunichika

11. Aero-plane, Aero-boat, Aero-sleigh: Propelling Everywhere in Soviet Transportation
Katherine M. N. Reischl

Part Three: Power

12. Spatializing Revolutionary Temporality: From Montage and Dynamism to Map and Plan
Kevin M. F. Platt

13. “Poor, Poor Il’ich”: Visualizing Lenin’s Death for Children
Marina Sokolovskaia and Daniil Leiderman

14. Young Soldiers at Play: The Red Army Solder as Icon
Stephen M. Norris

15. The Working Body and Its Prostheses: Inventing the Aesthetics and Anatomy of Class for Soviet Children
Alexey Golubev

16. Amerikanizm: The Brave New World of Soviet Civilization
Thomas Keenan

List of Illustrations

About the Author

Marina Balina is a professor of Russian Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and holds the Isaac Funk professorship.
Serguei Alex. Oushakine is a professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.


"One reason this book makes a significant contribution to studies on children’s literature and culture is its remarkable interdisciplinary approach. A persuasive picture of the complicated conditions in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s and their influence on children’s literature can only be conveyed if the political, social, historical, and cultural circumstances are considered and related to one another –which this collection has succeeded in doing to a convincing degree."
*International Research in Children's Literature*

"This magnificent, beautifully produced volume contains over 250 period illustrations, bringing the object of its important and innovative scholarship to life… The enduring value of this edited volume will be both its scholarship and its stunning visuality and ‘gaze-appeal’"
*The Russian Review*

"For decades to come, The Pedagogy of Images will remain a go-to resource on the early Soviet picture books for literature scholars, historians of public education, researchers of totalitarian art, librarians, and graphic artists."
*Slavic Review*

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