Reframing Russian Modernism
“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.'”
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.
“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
LC: 2018011419 PG
256 pp. 6 x 9
3 b/w illus.