The World of Soviet Cartoons: Boris Efimov and the Political Caricature

Lecture | May 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Stephen M. Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History; Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Officially described as a weapon of satire that could help to build socialism, the Soviet political caricature also tried to foster a particular worldview. This lecture will provide a short history of the Soviet political caricature, its aims, and how it formed a significant part of Soviet satire. It will highlight the most significant political caricaturist in Soviet history, Boris Efimov, who published nearly 10,000 political cartoons over the course of his career, which began in 1918 and ended with the collapse of the USSR in 1991. In tracing this story, the lecture will also cover the nature of Soviet propaganda and its reception across the entirety of the Soviet experiment.

Stephen M. Norris is the Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History and Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University (OH). The author of two books on Russian cultural history and editor of five other books, he is currently writing a biography of the Soviet political caricaturist Boris Efimov.

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