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A history of Russian symbolism

Author: Avril Pyman
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Pyman, Avril.
History of Russian symbolism.
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)624768627
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Avril Pyman
ISBN: 0521241987 9780521241984
OCLC Number: 28722021
Description: xviii, 481 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: decadence or rebirth? The European fin de siecle and the Russian precursors --
1. Transitional writers (1892-1898). Volynsky and Severvnyi Vestnik, Minsky and the early Merezhkovsky --
2. The new poetry in St Petersburg. Zinaida Hippius and Fedor Sologub (1893 onwards) --
3. Russian Symbolism acquires a name. Balmont, Briusov, Dobroliubov and Konevskoi (1894-1900) --
4. The foundation of Mir Iskusstva and the role of the visual and performing arts. Benois, Diagilev, Filosofov and their group (1890-1904) --
5. From Mir Iskusstva to Novyi Put'. The development of Merezhkovsky's prose and thought, Rozanov, Shestov (1898-1904) --
6. Russian Symbolism comes of age. Skorpion, Severnye Tsvety and Vesy. Briusov as organiser and teacher (1900-4) --
7. The turn of the century. The early poetry of the second generation of Russian Symbolists: Viacheslav Ivanov, Bely, Blok (1900-4) --
8. The Sophia-myth and the theme of Apocalypse. The influence of Solovev and Nietzsche (1892 onwards) --
9. The Russo-Japanese War and the 1905 Revolution. Symbolism, Mystic Anarchism and the beginning of division (1904-6) --
10. The anthithesis. Zolotoe Runo and Oraea. Erotica in Skorpion, Vesy. Symbolist theatre. Polemics (1906-8) --
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) --
12. Russian Symbolism and Russian literature. Apollon and Annensky's summing-up. 'The crisis of Symbolism'. Disintegration and reconciliation. (1909-10).
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