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Contents List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Introduction 1 1. A Special Material: The Meaning of Metal Imagery 000 Tampering with Nature _ The Perfection of Metals _ Sinews, Jaws, Will _ Kaiser Wilhelm with Hooves _ What Is a Revolution Like? _ The Bolshevik Obsession _ Flesh to Metal _ The Alchemy of Revolution . . . _ . . . and Soviet Literature 2. Forging the Future: Proletarian Poetry and Revolutionary Transformation 000 We Are Smiths _ A Higher Reality _ Emperor and Revolutionary _ The New Yevgeny _ Very Serious _ The Apogee of Metallized Flesh _ Iron Demon of the Age _ Gastev's Echo _ The Mass-Man _ New, Improved . . . _ . . . and Immortal _ Beyond the Proletarians _ Beyond Literature 3. Anvil to Blast Furnace: Metal Imagery in Socialist Realism 000 Reality in Its Revolutionary Development _ A Couple of Classics _ On the Front Lines of Labor _ What Iron Jaw? _ "Our Country Can and Must Become Metallic" _ The King's Two Bodies _ What's in a Name? _ Dynamism/Stasis _ An Anvil Chorus 4. The Metaphor Realized: Fellow Travelers and Thereafter 000 Metal and Glass _ The Grating Heart _ Machines _ Whose Machines? _ Cozy Locomotives _ The Greatest Proletarian Writer _ Abstract/Concrete _ Lots of Things Break! _ After the Steel Age _ The New Magnitka _ Where Infantry Can't Pass _ NTR _ Death of a Dream 5. The Beginning and End of History: Metallization and Myth 000 The Cult of Technology _ The Cult of the Body _ GrotesquesGood and Bad _ Labor as Catalyst _ A Mere Appendage _ Individual/Collective _ Engineer Heroes _ Suffering _ We Don't Want to Be Beaten _ Death and Rebirth _ Burial _ Resanctification Notes 000 Works Cited 000 Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Russian literature 20th century History and criticism, Literature and technology Soviet Union, Technology in literature, Myth in literature, Metals in literature