Victoria Buyanovskaya
Articles by Victoria Buyanovskaya

Paralysis of Complicity in Dmitri Prigov and Beyond: How to Do Things With Metaphors Now?

For many of us who feel complicit—through language, citizenship, or background—in the crimes Russia is carrying out in Ukraine right now, it feels necessary to reassess the metaphors we have been using in discourse and fiction. Do the figures of power that these metaphors represent preserve and prescribe the status quo (which does not even seem to be “just” a status quo anymore)?

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Revolution vs. Pedagogy: Arkady Gaidar and the Making of Soviet Children’s Literature

Gaidar’s revolutionary anti-pedagogy aimed at releasing the uncontrollable energy of childhood and yet turned out to be a surprisingly successful mediator between this energy and order, myth and social reality.

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