This article explores the applications of Modris Eksteins' concept of kitsch to Stalin's reign in the Soviet Union, particularly the period of the Party purges in the 1930s. It traces the construction and development of Soviet kitsch under Stalin in the political, social, cultural, and artistic spheres. Overall, the article argues that the presence of kitsch was ultimately harmful to Soviet politics and culture. In conclusion, the article briefly poses the question of whether or not kitsch fully died out in the Soviet Union after the death of Stalin, and if kitsch is still present in current Russian politics and society.
"Soviet Kitsch during Stalin's Purges,"
Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/ojur/vol6/iss2/5