Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, and Costumes in Russia Colleen McQuillen

ISBN: 9781306192354

Published: April 1st 2014

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299 pages


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Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, and Costumes in Russia  by  Colleen McQuillen

Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, and Costumes in Russia by Colleen McQuillen
April 1st 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 299 pages | ISBN: 9781306192354 | 6.73 Mb

Masked and costume balls thrived in Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries during a period of rich literary and theatrical experimentation. The first study of its kind, The Modernist Masquerade examines the cultural history ofMoreMasked and costume balls thrived in Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries during a period of rich literary and theatrical experimentation.

The first study of its kind, The Modernist Masquerade examines the cultural history of masquerades in Russia and their representations in influential literary works. The masquerades widespread appearance as a literary motif in works by such writers as Anna Akhmatova, Leonid Andreev, Andrei Bely, Aleksandr Blok, and Fyodor Sologub mirrored its popularity as a leisure-time activity and illuminated its integral role in the Russian modernist creative consciousness. Colleen McQuillen charts how the political, cultural, and personal significance of lavish costumes and other forms of self-stylizing evolved in Russia over time.

She shows how their representations in literature engaged in dialog with the diverse aesthetic trends of Decadence, Symbolism, and Futurism and with the eras artistic philosophies.



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