Cinepaternity (Paperback)

Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film

By Helena Goscilo (Editor), Yana Hashamova (Editor)

Indiana University Press, 9780253221872, 331pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2010



This wide-ranging collection investigates the father/son dynamic in post-Stalinist Soviet cinema and its Russian successor. Contributors analyze complex patterns of identification, disavowal, and displacement in films by such diverse directors as Khutsiev, Motyl', Tarkovsky, Balabanov, Sokurov, Todorovskii, Mashkov, and Bekmambetov. Several chapters focus on the difficulties of fulfilling the paternal function, while others show how vertical and horizontal male bonds are repeatedly strained by the pressure of redefining an embattled masculinity in a shifting political landscape.

About the Author

Helena Goscilo is Professor and Chair of Slavic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. She is editor (with Stephen Norris) of Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia (IUP, 2008).Yana Hashamova is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. She is author of Pride and Panic: Russian Imagination of the West in Post-Soviet Film.