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"In It We Should See Our Own Revolution Moving Froward, Rising Up": Socialist Realism, National Subjecthood, and the Chronotope of Albanian History in the Vlora Independence Monument

dc.contributor.advisorMansbach, Steven Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorIsto, Raino Eetuen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-24T06:17:21Z
dc.date.available2014-06-24T06:17:21Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15392
dc.description.abstractNovember 28, 1972 saw the inauguration of one of communist Albania's largest and most significant works of public sculpture, the seventeen-meter tall bronze Vlora Independence Monument. The work, created by Kristaq Rama, Shaban Hadëri, and Muntas Dhrami, represented an unparalleled attempt to visualize both the geographical and historical unity of the Albanian people, assisting in the cohesion of a modern national identity created and reinforced by the communist government. This paper argues that the Independence Monument, as an exemplar of Albanian communist art, represented not the propagandistic revision of national history--as is often claimed of socialist realism--but rather the establishment of a spatial and temporal ground from which its viewers could come to understand themselves as possessing a shared national heritage and participating in the common construction of a uniquely Albanian socialism.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.title"In It We Should See Our Own Revolution Moving Froward, Rising Up": Socialist Realism, National Subjecthood, and the Chronotope of Albanian History in the Vlora Independence Monumenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentArt History and Archaeologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt historyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEast European studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt criticismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAlbaniaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledart historyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcommunismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEnver Hoxhaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledmonumentsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsocialist realismen_US


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