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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts

Reader 1

Larissa Rudova

Reader 2

Konstantine Klioutchkine

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Under Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet Union experienced a period of stagnation. A new Soviet identity emerged due to the shattering of the Communist ideology. The Soviet cartoon trilogy Prostokvashino reflected the political and social phenomena during this time. By employing the traditional model of Russian animal folktale, which heavily emphasizes “survival”, the trilogy is able to present the emergence of a pragmatic and individualist identity in the late Brezhnev period. In this senior thesis, I focus on two main characters, Cat Matroskin and Dog Sharik, and analyze two specific scenes to demonstrate how political implications are displayed in this “children’s art.”

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.