Longing for a Place That Does Not Exist: the importance of kitsch for the Estonian Singing Revolution

Max Ryynänen, Eret Talviste*

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Abstract

This article proposes that popular forms of art and affect-driven culture initiate historical, cultural, and social change. The Estonian Singing Revolution between 1987 and 1991 offers an example of cliché-driven sentimentalism that contributes to political change. Although the concept of kitsch tends to have a negative connotation, in this article, we reconsider it as a politically productive concept, by contemplating its affective powers in creating a sense of nationhood. We do so by providing an example of how some musical aspects of the Singing Revolution became important elements of affective nation-building to gain independence from the Soviet Union.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-657
Number of pages17
JournalJOURNAL OF BALTIC STUDIES
Volume54
Issue number3
Early online date2 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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