Longing for a Place That Does Not Exist: Kitsch's Role in the Estonian Independence Struggle

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Abstract

Avant-garde art is often thought of as having a revolutionary potential. This article proposes that sometimes, however, it is the affect-driven, common side of culture that initiates historical, cultural and social change. The Estonian Singing Revolution between 1987 and 1991 strikes as an example of cliché-driven sentimentalism that contributes to political change. In this article, we rethink kitsch not as a negative concept, but as politically productive through contemplating on its affective powers in creating a sense of a nation. We do so through providing an example of how some musical aspects of the Singing Revolution were important parts of affective nation building to gain independence from the Soviet Union.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJOURNAL OF BALTIC STUDIES
Volume2022: 1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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