Reframing Russian Modernism

Reframing Russian Modernism

by Irina Shevelenko (Editor)


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Presenting a multifaceted portrait of modernist culture in Russia, an array of distinguished scholars shows how artists and writers in the early twentieth century engaged with politics, science, and religion. At a time when many Russian social institutions looked to the past, modernist arts powerfully amplified a gamut of new ideas about individual and collective transformation.

Expanding upon prior studies that focus more specifically on literary manifestations of the movement, Reframing Russian Modernism features original research that ranges broadly, from political aesthetics to Darwinism to yoga. These unique complementary perspectives counter reductionism of any kind, integrating the study of Russian modernism into the larger body of humanistic scholarship devoted to modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299320409
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Irina Shevelenko is a professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of two books published in Russian, Modernism as Archaism: Nationalism and the Quest for a Modernist Aesthetic in Russia and Tsvetaeva's Literary Path: Ideology, Poetics, and Identity of the Author in the Context of the Epoch.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations    
Note on Transliteration          
Introduction. Russian Modernist Studies: A Centennial Perspective
            Irina Shevelenko
Part I. Concepts in Flux
1 The Terminological Labyrinth of Russian Modernist Studies        
            Leonid Livak
Part II. Aesthetics and Pragmatics
2 Shifting Time-Frames and Metaphorical Spaces: Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian Modernism, and the Classical Past 
            Judith Kalb
3 Pan-Slavism Redux, or Speaking Russian in Modernist Tongues  
            Irina Shevelenko
4 Arranging the Absolute: On One of Russian Modernism’s Legacies in the Stalin Era      
            Thomas Seifrid
Part III. Science and Medicine
5 Darwin and Russian Modernism    
            David Bethea
6 The Discourse of Sexual Psychopathy in Russian Modernism       
            Evgenii Bershtein
7 Civilization, Irony, Neurasthenia: Anti-Semitic Discourse in the Writings of Aleksandr Blok     
            Arkadii Blumbaum
Part IV. Religion and Spirituality
8 Religion, Secularism, and Modernist Culture in Russia: The Case of Aleksandr Dobroliubov
            Thomas H. Tabatowski
9 Russian Modernity Meets Yoga     
            J. Alexander Ogden

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