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My Way or the Highway: Depictions of Society in the Travel Songs of B. Okudzhava, Yu. Vizbor, and V. Vysotsky Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Literary criticism
Folk music
Dissent
Society
Travel
Utopia
Heterotopia
Vladimir Vysotsky
Homotopia
Woody Guthrie
Poetry
Distance
Dystopia
Bulat Okudzhava
Michel de Certeau
Russian Bards
Separation
Jean Baudrillard
Yuri Vizbor
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bakker, Ardelle O
Supervisor and department
Siemens, Elena (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Zinkovic, Marko (Anthropology)
Cobb, Russell (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Specialization
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Date accepted
2012-05-17T15:37:04Z
Graduation date
2012-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Despite the intense popularity of Bard song in the former Soviet Union, research has only recently begun to analyze the lyrics of the songs and the political and artistic importance therein. Through close textual reading and taking into account the literary and cultural history, I analyze the music of Bulat Okudzhava, Yuri Vizbor, and Vladimir Vysotsky and the way in which these poet-singers conceptualize society. Using the theories of Jean Baudrillard and Michel de Certeau, I analyze how the travel songs of these Bards depict as a form of dissent utopias, dystopias, homotopias, and heterotopias in relation to the “cult of nature” and “cult of machine”, the metaphoric aspects of the road in relation to different segments of life, and finally the idea of movement as transformation and change. Throughout I also compare the Bards’ songs with the lyrics of select songs of American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R33M1C
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