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Author Dobrenko, E. A. (EvgeniÄ­ Aleksandrovich), author.

Title State laughter : Stalinism, populism, and origins of Soviet culture / Evgeny Dobrenko and Natalia Jonsson-Skradol
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2022
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Description 1 online resource (422 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Summary Stalin's reign of terror was not all doom and gloom, much of it was (meant to be) funny! Tracing the development of official humour, satire, and comedy, Dobrenko and Jonsson-Skradol do away with the idea that all humour in the USSR was subversive, instead exploring why laughter was a core component to the survival of the Soviet regime
Notes This edition also issued in print: 2022
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on January 6, 2022)
Subject Comedy -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union
Communism and culture -- Soviet Union.
Politics and culture -- Soviet Union
Wit and humor -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Social conditions.
Soviet Union -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
Author Jonsson-Skradol, Natalia, author.
ISBN 0191875996