The Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, And Costumes In Russia by Colleen McquillenThe Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, And Costumes In Russia by Colleen Mcquillen

The Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, And Costumes In Russia

byColleen Mcquillen

Paperback | December 10, 2013

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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 of masquerades in Russia and their representations in influential literary works.
            The masquerade's 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 era's artistic philosophies.
Colleen McQuillen is assistant professor in the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Title:The Modernist Masquerade: Stylizing Life, Literature, And Costumes In RussiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:December 10, 2013Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299296148

ISBN - 13:9780299296148

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
A Note on Transliteration and Abbreviations                       
Introduction: Masquerades in Russia: Historical Experience and Literary Representation              
Part I: Imitation and Stylization
1 The Travestied Masquerade: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Demonism              
2 The Political Masquerade: Impersonation, National Identity, and Sovereign Power                     
3 The Gender Masquerade: Constructions of Feminine Identity                  
Part II: Costume Design and Theatricality
4 Figurative Costumes: Metaphors in Text and Textile                    
5 Character Costumes: Cultural Memory and the Philological Masquerade             
6 Avant-Garde Costumes: Estranging Practices of Masquerade                               
7 Revealing Costumes: Bared Bodies on Stage                      
Conclusion: The Early Soviet Masquerade               

Editorial Reviews

“Not only will The Modernist Masquerade appeal to all scholars of the fin-de-siècle period: it is simply great fun to read.”—Slavic and East European Journal