Type: Working Paper
Vladimir Sappak’s humanism on Soviet TV
Working Paper, EUI MWP, 2018/04
KHAZANOV, Pavel, Vladimir Sappak’s humanism on Soviet TV, EUI MWP, 2018/04 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/56744
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In his writings, the first Soviet critic of television, Vladimir Sappak (1921-1961) associates the new mass medium with a political vision typical of Soviet intelligentsia in the Thaw era: the project of transcendence of Stalinism and its legacy. This project had to be pursued within the context of Soviet Party censorship, which made it difficult to articulate what post-Stalinism would entail. My paper analyzes Sappak’s understanding of television’s sincerity– a key attribute of the medium, according to his influential monograph, Television and Us (1963, published posthumously). I argue that Sappak’s TV sincerity in fact articulates an understanding of Soviet humanism, which, I claim, was a culturally important post-Stalinist mass ideology, whose boundaries and effects were negotiated in a contest between the Party state, the creative and scientific intelligentsia, and the urbanized, educated, TV-watching Soviet consumer masses.
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/56744
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2018/04