A History of Russian Symbolism

A History of Russian Symbolism

by Avril Pyman
     
 

This book is the first detailed history of the Russian Symbolist movement, from its initial hostile reception as a symptom of European decadence to its absorption into the mainstream of Russian literature, and eventual disintegration. It focuses on the two generations of writers whose work served as the seedbed of Existentialism in thought and of Modernism in prose… See more details below

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This book is the first detailed history of the Russian Symbolist movement, from its initial hostile reception as a symptom of European decadence to its absorption into the mainstream of Russian literature, and eventual disintegration. It focuses on the two generations of writers whose work served as the seedbed of Existentialism in thought and of Modernism in prose and the performing arts, and reassesses their achievements in the light of modern research. At the centre of the study are the texts themselves, with prose quoted in English translation and poetry given in the original Russian with prose translations. There is a valuable bibliography of primary sources and an extensive chronological appendix. This book will fill a long-felt gap, and will be invaluable to students and teachers of Russian and comparative literature, Symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024303
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on the text and list of abbreviations
Prologue: decadence or rebirth? The European fin de siecle and the Russian precursors1
1Transitional writers (1892-1898). Volynsky and Severvnyi Vestnik, Minsky and the early Merezhkovsky19
2The new poetry in St Petersburg. Zinaida Hippius and Fedor Sologub (1893 onwards)38
3Russian Symbolism acquires a name. Balmont, Briusov, Dobroliubov and Konevskoi (1894-1900)56
4The foundation of Mir Iskusstva and the role of the visual and performing arts. Benois, Diagilev, Filosofov and their group (1890-1904)93
5From Mir Iskusstva to Novyi Put'. The development of Merezhkovsky's prose and thought, Rozanov, Shestov (1898-1904)123
6Russian Symbolism comes of age. Skorpion, Severnye Tsvety and Vesy. Briusov as organiser and teacher (1900-4)160
7The turn of the century. The early poetry of the second generation of Russian Symbolists: Viacheslav Ivanov, Bely, Blok (1900-4)183
8The Sophia-myth and the theme of Apocalypse. The influence of Solovev and Nietzsche (1892 onwards)226
9The Russo-Japanese War and the 1905 Revolution. Symbolism, Mystic Anarchism and the beginning of division (1904-6)245
10The anthithesis. Zolotoe Runo and Oraea. Erotica in Skorpion, Vesy. Symbolist theatre. Polemics (1906-8)285
11'From the real to the more real'. Blok's 'Russia and the Intelligentsia'. Ivanov's 'A realibus ad realiora'. Bely's and Remizov's prose. (1907-10)305
12Russian Symbolism and Russian literature. Apollon and Annensky's summing-up. 'The crisis of Symbolism'. Disintegration and reconciliation. (1909-10)323
Epilogue337
Chronology343
Notes375
Bibliography432
Index447

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