This essay analyzes the project of maintaining the body of V. I. Lenin in the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow for the past ninety years. It focuses on the materiality of this particular body, the unique biological science that developed around the project, and the peculiar political role this body has performed.
Bodies of Lenin: The Hidden Science of Communist Sovereignty
ALEXEI YURCHAK is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation (Princeton, 2006) and is working on the political history of Lenin’s and other communist bodies and the science that developed around the projects of their preservation.
Alexei Yurchak; Bodies of Lenin: The Hidden Science of Communist Sovereignty. Representations 1 February 2015; 129 (1): 116–157. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.129.1.116
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