De/Constriction Of A Heroic Myth: The Pavlik Morozov's Case Cover Image

(Де)конструкција мита о хероју: Случај Павлика Морозова
De/Constriction Of A Heroic Myth: The Pavlik Morozov's Case

Author(s): Milan Subotić
Subject(s): History
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: history; collective memory; myth; communism; pioneers

Summary/Abstract: In regard of contemporary theoretical debates concerning history and memory, in this article the author investigates the representations of life and death of the soviet pioneer-hero Pavlik Morozov widely famous as the boy who betrayed his own father by reported him to the authorities. As an example of loyalty to the state, Pavlik Morozov became a model for all Soviet children. By interpreted the foundation of the legend, author shows the various opponent approaches and theories about Morozov’s case in dissident literature and contemporary historiography. Despite the differences, both critical approaches are specific testimony that during the Soviet époque “Pavlik Morozov” had status of “figure of memory” by which the collective, “cultural memory” of the Soviet society was shaped. Therefore, the author concludes that new interpretations of the old myth are illustrative for understanding the process of postcommunist confrontation with the past.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 1693-1713
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian