Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin
10 May 2021, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
A Russian Cinema Research Group seminar with Dr Anna Toropova (Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, University of Nottingham), convened by Rachel Morley and Philip Cavendish (UCL SSEES).
This event is free.
Please join us for a talk with Anna Toropova (University of Nottingham) about her recent book Feeling Revolution: Cinema, Genre and the Politics of Affect under Stalin (Oxford: OUP, 2020).
Anna Toropova’s exploration of Stalinist cinema as a ‘laboratory’ of emotional revolution brings to light the medium’s vital role in cultivating the distinctive emotional values and norms of the Stalin era. Feeling Revolution shows how Soviet filmmakers were called on to help forge emotions and affects befitting the New Soviet Person, ranging from happiness and victorious laughter to hatred for enemies. A study of the relationship between genre and affect, the book spotlights how the Soviet film industry’s battle to shape new forms of audience response came to centre on the development of a distinctively ‘Soviet’ system of film genres. Her talk will situate the Soviet film industry’s increasing focus on the question of emotional appeal and its push to develop genre filmmaking at the beginning of the 1930s within a broader re-evaluation of emotion in Soviet psychology and a new scientific interest in the effects of cultural production on audiences.