In medias res: A Diary of the Moscow Theater Season, 2007-2008

TitleIn medias res: A Diary of the Moscow Theater Season, 2007-2008
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGreenleaf, Monika
Secondary TitleSlavic Review
Volume67
Pagination422–436
ISSN00376779
AbstractIn this essay, Monika Greenleaf explores some reasons for, and directions of, the Moscow theater's growth as a cultural stimulus in Vladimir Putin's increasingly imperial, ideologically unified Russia. Focusing on four factors, the first part suggests why the theater, unlike the film industry, resisted collapse in the 1990s: directors' studio theaters, the new "writer's theater," the development of "autonomous and self-sustaining" institutions, and theater finance. The second part examines two functions of the theater in a postliterate age: to forge a richer sense of Russian identity by offering mimetic contact with, and choice among, many epochs of its historical and verbal heritage and to offer a traditional locus of resistance to the new regime of privatized spaces and bodies. Using a selection of current plays that reproduce past prose works in the present, Greenleaf analyzes the aesthetic effect of this encounter on the audience and its potential ideational ramifications.
Notes{ArticleType:} research-article / Full publication date: Summer, 2008 / Copyright © 2008 The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/27652852