Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in Russia's Fin de Siècle

Kobo ebook | August 1, 2005

byMatich, Olga

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The first generation of Russian modernists experienced a profound sense of anxiety. What made them unique was their utopian prescription for overcoming the inevitability of decline and death. They theorized their defiance of death by suggesting the immortalization of the body through the power of erotic love. Matich suggests that same-sex desire underlay their most radical utopian proposal of abolishing the traditional procreative family in favor of erotically induced abstinence. She shows how a brilliant group of Russian writers—among them the late Tolstoy, Vladimir Solov ev, Zinaida Gippius, Alexander Blok, and Vasilii Razanov—addressed the pressing concerns of a culture in transition, ranging from physical and psychological health, marriage, sexuality, and gender to anti-Semitism and the meaning of history.

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The first generation of Russian modernists experienced a profound sense of anxiety. What made them unique was their utopian prescription for overcoming the inevitability of decline and death. They theorized their defiance of death by suggesting the immortalization of the body through the power of erotic love. Matich suggests that same-...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 1, 2005Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299208834

ISBN - 13:9780299208837

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