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Reframing Russian Modernism
Edited by Irina Shevelenko

“Demonstrates the ways Russian writers aspired to move beyond art—to work for the social, physical, and spiritual transformation of individual and communal life, to make life 'new' and 'modern.'”
—Irina Paperno, University of California, Berkeley

This state-of-the-field volume presents a multifaceted portrait of Russian modernist culture between the late imperial and the early Soviet periods—and of the writers who aimed to make their work instrumental in inspiring social transformation. Contributors show how this movement engaged with politics, science, and religion, and why reevaluating these interactions matters for ongoing research on this period across the humanities and social sciences.

Reframing Russian Modernism expands beyond scholarship on this literature’s aesthetic manifestations and focuses on its encounters with ideas and practices ranging from nationalism to sexual politics to Darwinism to yoga. These revealing essays integrate the study of Russian modernism into the larger body of work on transnational modernity and will appeal to readers in literary and cultural studies, cultural anthropology, and intellectual history.


Irina Shevelenko 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.




“A timely and fascinating reappraisal of Russian modernism, not limited to aesthetic concerns. The end result is a new Russian modernism intricately intertwined with the processes of modernity itself.”
—Jenifer Presto, University of Oregon


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Reframing Russian Modernism

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December 2018
LC: 2018011419 PG
256 pp. 6 x 9
3 b/w illus.

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Casebound $79.95
ISBN 9780299320409
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