May 6 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Tarik Cyril Amar
Columbia University

Encina Hall West, Room 219

In the Soviet Union, no spy, real or fictitious, was more famous than Max Otto von Stierlitz (aka Maksim Maksimovich Isaiev aka Vsevolod Vladimirovich Vladimirov). In post-Soviet commentary it has even been claimed that Shtirlits’s has enjoyed greater popularity than quintessential Soviet film heroeswho were not spies, such as Civil War Partisan icon Vasilii Chapaev or arch-trickster Ostap Bender. This talk explores Shtirlits's place in the history of the Soviet imaginary of the heroic by focusing​ on the highly successful ​1973 TV series “Seventeen Moments of Spring.” As James Bond was turned into a global icon by the films of the 1960s, it was “Seventeen Moments” that made Shtirlits a Soviet popular hero in the strict sense of the term, a widely known and lasting cultural reference point that has outlasted both the Soviet Union and the Cold War.

Tarik Cyril Amar, Columbia University, is currently working on a transnational history of Cold War narratives and representations of spying, secrecy, and multiple identities. His recent ​book "The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv. A Borderland City between Nazis, Stalinists, and Nationalists" (Cornell University Press, 2015) reveals the local and transnational forces behind the twentieth-century transformation of one of East Central Europe’s most important multiethnic borderland cities. Between 2007 and 2010 he served as the Academic Director of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv, Ukraine.

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This event is open to Stanford affiliates.