This essay offers a chronotopic reading of V. I. Lenin’s architectural cult and its relation to Soviet sovereignty in the postrevolutionary period, as reflected in the discourse and plans surrounding the Lenin Mausoleum and the Palace of Soviets in Moscow. Central contexts include Andrei Platonov’s novella The Foundation Pit and Russian versions of the “Snow White” tale.
Snow White and the Enchanted Palace: A Reading of Lenin’s Architectural Cult
JONATHAN BROOKS PLATT is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He works on Russian and Soviet literature and culture with special interests in the late romantic, Stalinist, and contemporary periods.
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Jonathan Brooks Platt; Snow White and the Enchanted Palace: A Reading of Lenin’s Architectural Cult. Representations 1 February 2015; 129 (1): 86–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.129.1.86
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