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Introduction: The Amusing Disturbance of Soviet Laughter

Authors
Journal
Russian Literature
0304-3479
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
74
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ruslit.2013.10.001
Keywords
  • Laughter
  • Soviet Cultural Life
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract This paper by the guest editors serves as an introduction to the present special issue of Russian Literature, entitled “Totalitarian Laughter: Images – Sounds – Performers”. It provides an overview of the contributions, which discuss laughter, the comical, humour, irony, parody and related phenomena, and their roles in Soviet cultural life and politics.

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