Much of the previous scholarship on Russia's literary discourses of sexuality and eroticism in the Silver Age was built on applying European theoretical models (from psychoanalysis to feminist theory) to Russia's modernization. This book argues that, at the turn into the twentieth century, Russian popular culture for the first time found itself in direct confrontation with the traditional high cultures of the upper classes and intelligentsia, producing modernized representations of sexuality. This Russian tradition of conflicted representations, heretofore misassessed by literary history, emerges as what Foucault would call a full-blown “bio-history” of Russian culture: a history of indigenous representations of sexuality and the eroticized body capable of innovation on its own terms, not just those derivative from Europe.
Libertinage in Russian Culture and Literature
Translated and edited by Alexei Lalo
This anthology of Russian erotic writings of 1900 to 1940 consists of texts previously unavailable in English. They all reflect the fascinating, albeit laborious, nature of the "birth of the body" in the Russian literature and culture of the period.
Boris Dralyuk, University of California, Los Angeles
This book examines the staggering popularity of early-twentieth-century Russian detective serials, traditionally maligned as “Pinkertonovshchina,” and posits the “red Pinkerton” as a vital “missing link” between pre- and post-Revolutionary popular literature.
Dina Khapaeva, Georgia Institute of Technology — translated by Rosie Tweddle
An analysis of the novels of Maturin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Mann, Lovecraft and Pelevin through the prism of their interest in investigating the nature of the nightmare reveals the unstudied features of the nightmare as a mental state and traces the mosaic of coincidences leading from literary ...
The first biography of Nikolay Punin, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of his life in the context of Russian political, social and cultural history in the first half of the 20th century.
Kåre Johan Mjør
Reformulating Russia provides a thorough narratological and contextual analysis of Russian émigré historiography as it appears in Georgii Fedotov’s Saints of Ancient Russia, Georgii Florovskii’s The Ways of Russian Theology, Nikolai Berdiaev’s The Russian Idea and Vasilii Zenkovskii’s History of ...
Contributing, for instance, to the fields of nationality and borderland studies, this book offers a fascinating study of the process of “writing a worthy past” for the Russian Orthodox monastery of Valaam during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Based on life-historical research with five Muscovites, this book provides an intimate portrait of their experience of the post-Soviet years as a period of intense refashioning of moral personhood. This process is revealed as uniquely personal, socially shared, and globally influenced.
Cynthia Hyla Whittaker
This book elaborates the origins of the famed Russian style and celebrates the seminal role that Fedor Solntsev plays in its development, thus rescuing from near obscurity this pioneer in the arts of the nineteenth century and in the formation of the defining image of Imperial Russia.
Anna Lisa Crone
Eros and Creativity in Russian Religious Renewal explores a tradition of sublimation and the theories of creativity in works of the four greatest Russian religious thinkers: Solovyov, Rozanov, Berdyaev and Vysheslatsev. Crone's study adds what is missing to the few books that currently exist ...
The book explains Belarus’s adherence to Soviet social, political and economic institutions. Comparative historical analysis spans the period from the 16th century to the present. Discussion concentrates on development of Belarus’s national institutions in interaction with Russia and other ...
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