Masked and costume balls thrived in Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries during a period of rich literary and theatrical experimentation. The first study of its kind, The Modernist Masquerade examines the cultural history of masquerades in Russia and their representations in influential literary works. The masquerade's widespread appearance as a literary motif in works by such writers as Anna Akhmatova, Leonid Andreev, Andrei Bely, Aleksandr Blok, and Fyodor Sologub mirrored its popularity as a leisure-time activity and illuminated its integral role in the Russian modernist creative consciousness. Colleen McQuillen charts how the political, cultural, and personal significance of lavish costumes and other forms of self-stylizing evolved in Russia over time. She shows how their representations in literature engaged in dialog with the diverse aesthetic trends of Decadence, Symbolism, and Futurism and with the era's artistic philosophies.
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About the Author
Colleen McQuillen is assistant professor in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations Acknowledgments A Note on Transliteration and Abbreviations Introduction: Masquerades in Russia: Historical Experience and Literary Representation Part I: Imitation and Stylization 1 The Travestied Masquerade: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Demonism 2 The Political Masquerade: Impersonation, National Identity, and Sovereign Power 3 The Gender Masquerade: Constructions of Feminine Identity Part II: Costume Design and Theatricality 4 Figurative Costumes: Metaphors in Text and Textile 5 Character Costumes: Cultural Memory and the Philological Masquerade 6 Avant-Garde Costumes: Estranging Practices of Masquerade 7 Revealing Costumes: Bared Bodies on Stage Conclusion: The Early Soviet Masquerade Notes Bibliography Index