Article Title

"Squandered on Communism": Shostakovich During the Cold War

Type of Work

Article

Date

1998

Journal Title

Canadian Review of American Studies

Journal ISSN

0007-7720

Journal Volume

28

Journal Issue

3

First Page

69

Last Page

85

DOI

10.3138/CRAS-028-03-05

Abstract

Introduction: Sixteen-Inch Guns and Just Plain Music Covering the Twentieth Congress of the Soviet Communist Party in 1956, Newsweek smugly remarked that "political party conventions elsewhere do not, as a rule, concern themselves with culture. The Soviet Communist Party has a long record of jumping in—and on—culture with both feet" ("Thaw Exposed" 1956, 88). Especially with forty years of hindsight, it is a striking comment; and given the ways in which political conservatives, who so persistently denounced Soviet political intervention in the aesthetic, have today made culture a central focus of their own political program, it would be easy to take pleasure in revealing the inconsistency in their position.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Literature and Creative Writing