New Book: Cinema, Nation, and Empire in Uzbekistan, 1919-1937

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Dear Colleagues,
 
I am pleased to announce the publication of my book:
Cloé Drieu, Cinema, Nation, and Empire in Uzbekistan, 1919-1937, Indiana University Press, 2019, 293 p. (translated by Adrian Morfee)
(with apologies for possible cross-postings)
 
Description:
Between the founding of Soviet Uzbekistan in 1924 and the Stalinist Terror of the late 1930s, a nationalist cinema emerged in Uzbekistan giving rise to the first wave of national film production and an Uzbek cinematographic elite. In Cinema, Nation, and Empire in Uzbekistan Cloé Drieu uses Uzbek films as a lens to explore the creation of the Soviet State in Central Asia, starting from the collapse of the Russian Empire up through the eve of WWII. Drieu argues that cinema provides a perfect angle for viewing the complex history of domination, nationalism, and empire (here used to denote the centralization of power) within the Soviet sphere. By exploring all of film’s dimensions as a socio-political phenomenon—including film production, film reception, and filmic discourse—Drieu reveals how nation and empire were built up as institutional realities and as imaginary constructs.
Based on archival research in the Uzbek and Russian State Archives and on in-depth analyses of 14 feature-length films, Drieu’s work examines the lively debates within the totalitarian and so-called revisionist schools that invigorated Soviet historiography, positioning itself within contemporary discussions about the processes of state- and nation-building, and the emergence of nationalism more generally. Revised and expanded from the original French, Cinema, Nation, and Empire in Uzbekistan helps us to understand how Central Asia, formerly part of the Russian Empire, was decolonized, but later, in the run-up to the Stalinist period and repression of the late 1930s, suffered a new style of domination.
 

Author Bio:

Cloé Drieu is Research Fellow at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center of Scientific Research, Paris) in the Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques (CETOBAC). She is editor of Ecrans d’Orient: propagande, innovation et résistance dans les cinéma de Turquie, d’Iran et d’Asie centrale (1897-1945).

 

Table of contents:

Note on Transcriptions

Prologue

Acknowledgements

Introduction

 

Part 1: Decolonizing Central Asia: Film Structures and Representations (1919-1927)

Turkestan Prior to the Birth of the USSR: Revolts and "Colonial Revolution"

1. Cultural Autonomy and the Nation (1919-1924)

2. Revolutionary Exoticism and the Colonial Imaginary--Cinema and Entertainment (1924-1927)

 

Part 2: Cultural Revolution and Its Paradoxes: Nation, Modernity, and Empire (1927-1931)<\>

"Cinematographic Cultural Revolution"

3. The National Cinematographic Sphere

4. Uzbek Film and the Shift Towards Imperial Domination

 

Part 3: The Paradoxes of the Nationalities Policy: Nationalism vs. Internationalism (1931-1937)

Working as an Uzbek Artist under Stalin: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Nationalism

5. The Nationalist Cinematographic Imaginary: Subjugating Class to Nation

6. The Empire of the Proletariat--Subjugating Nation to Class

Conclusion: Social Rank in the Neoliberal Era

 

Appendix

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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Cloé Drieu
Chargée de recherche CNRS, co-directrice adjointe du CETOBaC (UMR 8032)