Show simple item record Zitser, Ernest 2012-06-15T14:06:39Z 2012-06-15T14:06:39Z 2011-10
dc.identifier.citation ZITSER, E. A. (2011), A Full-Frontal History of the Romanov Dynasty: Pictorial “Political Pornography” in Pre-Reform Russia. The Russian Review, 70: 557–583. en_US
dc.description.abstract This profusely illustrated article expands the chronological and evidentiary basis of Boris Kolonitskii's argument about the role of scurrilous rumors and sexual innuendo in the desacralization of the Russian monarchy and demonstrates the complexity of the processes of reception, re-appropriation, and subversion of imperial “scenarios of power.” It does so by offering a close reading of what is arguably the earliest-known example of the genre of pictorial “political pornography” in Russia: a set of five, unique watercolors from the collection of the New York Public Library depicting eighteenth-century Russian emperors and empresses in flagrante delicto. The author presents evidence that suggests that this anonymous series of “folded” or “double pictures” (skladnye or dvoinye kartinki) was created in the first half of the nineteenth century by means of a subversive repurposing of Russian popular broadsheets, French revolutionary pornography, and official Russian royal portraiture. He argues that this artifact of male salon culture is the product of a deliberate attempt to create nothing less than an alternative, unexpurgated history of the House of Romanov: a sexually explicit, full-frontal assault that takes pleasure in exposing the “mysteries of state” that nineteenth-century royal apologists sought to conceal in official histories of the dynasty, which presented the children of Paul I and Maria Fedorovna as epigones of family values and models for the nation. en_US
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dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9434.2011.00629.x en_US
dc.subject Russian History, Monarchy, House of Romanov, Desacralization, Visual Culture, Political Pornography, New York Public Library en_US
dc.title A Full-Frontal History of the Romanov Dynasty: Pictorial 'Political Pornography' in Pre-Reform Russia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
duke.description.endpage 583 en_US
duke.description.issue 70 en_US
duke.description.startpage 557 en_US
duke.description.volume The Russian Review en_US

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