A History of Russian Symbolism by Ronald E. Peterson

By Ronald E. Peterson

The period of Russian Symbolism (1892-1917) has been referred to as the Silver Age of Russian tradition, or even the second one Golden Age. Symbolist authors are one of the maximum Russian authors of this century, and their actions helped to foster the most major advances in cultural existence (in poetry, prose, track, theater, and portray) that has ever been noticeable there. This publication is designed to function an advent to Symbolism in Russia, as a flow, an inventive strategy, and an international view. the first emphasis is at the historical past of the flow itself. realization is dedicated to what the Symbolists wrote, acknowledged, and concept, and on how they interacted. during this context, the most actors are the authors of poetry, prose, drama, and feedback, yet house can also be dedicated to the $64000 connections among literary figures and artists, philosophers, and the intelligentsia commonly. This wide, exact and balanced account of this era will function a customary reference paintings an inspire extra learn between students and scholars of literature.

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Many of the children in Sologub's stories are depicted as students who suffer at the high school (gimnaziya in Russian) because of their insensitive and brutal teachers. Sologub's realistic details are combined with fantasy to give a strongly pessimistic view of life, not only for the children, but for the adults too. He is one of the most consistently "decadent" of the Russian Symbolist writers, and his evolution never really led him away from his Symbolist orientation. He is most successful when his settings seem realistic and fairly objective, as in his first published story.

The Norwegian author was proclaimed a new Shakespeare, a prophet, a modern Viking who represented the old Saga tradition, and his works seemed strikingly new in a period noted for many unoriginal plays by Russians. From 1891 to 1912, seven editions of his collected works were published in Russia, and nineteen of his twenty-five plays were performed there. 16 As often happened with many of his writings, the reviewers found much to like in Shadows because of his talent but just as much to dislike because of his subject matter and unusual point of view.

Tenisheva, but after a short while this sponsorship was withdrawn and Tsar Nicholas II authorized a subsidy from his personal funds in 1900 to keep the journal going. At the beginning, Diaghilev was the general editor, Alexandre Benois was the art editor, and Dmitry Filosofov, an important figure behind the scenes of the Symbolist movement, was in charge of the literary section. In 1899 various Symbolist authors were invited to participate in the journal's activities, even though the periodical's primary emphasis was on art.

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