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Cosmonaut : a cultural history

Title
Cosmonaut : a cultural history / Cathleen S. Lewis.
ISBN
9781683403708
1683403703
9781683403814
9781683403944
Edition
First edition.
Publication
Gainesville, FL : University of Florida Press, [2023]
Physical Description
xvii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary
"Examining material and cultural representations of the cosmonaut program, Cathleen Lewis discusses how the public image of the Soviet cosmonaut developed beginning in the 1950s and the ways this icon has been reinterpreted throughout the years and in contemporary Russia"-- Provided by publisher.
"How the public image of the Soviet cosmonaut was designed and reimagined over timeIn this book, Cathleen Lewis discusses how the public image of the Soviet cosmonaut developed beginning in the 1950s and the ways this icon has been reinterpreted throughout the years and in contemporary Russia. Compiling material and cultural representations of the cosmonaut program, Lewis provides a new perspective on the story of Soviet spaceflight, highlighting how the government has celebrated figures such as Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova through newspapers, radio, parades, monuments, museums, films, and even postage stamps and lapel pins. Lewis's analysis shows that during the Space Race, Nikita Khrushchev mobilized cosmonaut stories and images to symbolize the forward-looking Soviet state and distract from the costs of the Cold War. Public perceptions shifted after the first Soviet spaceflight fatality and failure to reach the Moon, yet cosmonaut imagery was still effective propaganda, evolving through the USSR's collapse in 1991 and seen today in Vladimir Putin's government cooperation for a film on the 1985 rescue of the Salyut 7 space station. Looking closely at the process through which Russians continue to reexamine their past, Lewis argues that the cultural memory of spaceflight remains especially potent among other collective Soviet memories"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Lewis, Cathleen S. Cosmonaut 1. Gainesville : University of Florida Press, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 04, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction
The Birth of the Cosmonaut: "Real Cosmonaut Lives" as a Guide to Youth, the Nation, and the World
The Women: The Collison of Expectations in Domestic and International Politics
New Cultures of the Cosmonaut: Collectibles, Monuments and Film
A Removal and Three Deaths: The Declining Official Need for Heroes
Outpost in the Near Frontier: Orbiting Space Stations during the Era of Stagnation
Remembrance of Hopes Past: Nostalgia and Editing Public History
Epilogue.
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