Accepted paper:

The Soviet people's enemies in the work of epic performers, 1930s-1950s

Author:

Irina Kozlova

Paper short abstract:

The paper is focused on the hidden enemies of the Soviet power in the work of epic performers,1930s-1950s. The main topics of work of epic performers in the 1930s glorify a happy Soviet life, however the enemies of the Soviet power are quite often mentioned in such texts.

Paper long abstract:

The paper is focused on the hidden enemies of the Soviet power in the work of epic performers in the 1930-1950s. The noviny of the 1930s were dedicated to the events of the recent past or directly to the representation of the present days. If in the first type of noviny open struggle of old and new regimes is showed, the second type of works is more complicated. The main topics of noviny of the 1930s about the present reality are connected with the glorification of a happy Soviet life. However the enemies of the Soviet power are often mentioned in such texts. The enemies in the noviny about the Civil War had a social characteristics. The enemies in the noviny about the reality of the 1930s always didn't have names and specific social characteristics. They are represented only by common definitions such as "enemies of the people", "saboteurs" and are often compared with the snakes and creeping reptiles. Their main difference from the former enemies is that they are "internal", "hidden" enemies, who don't differ from other Soviet people outwardly, and the Soviet patriots need special vigilance to recognize them. The theme of hidden enemies disappeared from noviny in the years of the Great Patriotic War, but it returned to them in a new form after its finish. At the turn of the 1940-1950s the theme of the struggle for peace occupied the special place in the works of epic performers and such characters as "warmongers" appeared in the noviny.

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