Sergei Eisenstein's biography falls comfortably into the pattern of a conventional Bildungsroman. A bourgeois family, the tyranny of the father, the neurotic love affairs of the mother, a predetermination of life for the only son, then Revolution as a wheel of fortune and a chance of freedom that turned the formerly suppressed young man to the Avant-Garde artist, International successor and stepson of his terroroizing and terrorized motherland. This biography came into being after extensive research in Moscow, Berlin, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, and the author is the first to analyze Eisenstein's diaries - materials that were partly inaccessible in the past. The book is addressed to wide audience but could be useful for a specialist becaise of changing research optics and fighting the stereotypes. The book contains 96 illustrations: photos, portraits, caricatures, book covers and 30 rare movie posters.
Using a set of psychoanalytic metaphors (repression, the family romance, obsessional neurosis, the cathartic method), this article analyzes New Journalism that altered power dynamics in the 1960s American literature and journalism. On the one hand, it was a literary phenomenon and as such strengthened nonfiction as opposed to fiction. On the other, it remained journalism and as such considerably weakened “objectivity” that had dominated American journalism since the 1920s but suffered reputational damage in the 1950s due to the press’ involuntary involvement in McCarthyism. New Journalism’s major ideologue and practitioner was Tom Wolfe who discovered new creative possibilities in the early 1960s. He was forced to do so, having realized the inadequacy of the journalistic language he knew to new social and cultural realia that attracted his attention. In the early 1970s Wolfe summarized, in a way, the decade of New Journalism, defining its role, suggesting its theory, and outlining its history. Insisting on its literary lineage, however, and stressing its originality, Wolf disregarded a rich tradition of literary journalism that since the 1890s was bridging the gap between subjectivities, as a scholar put it, employing devices associated with fiction. A link in the chain of literary journalism, New Journalism is an important topic in a discussion of literary anthropology.