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The Reluctant ModernistAndrei Belyi and the Development of Russian Fiction, 1902-1914$
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Roger Keys

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151609.001.0001

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Symbolism, Modernism, or the Silver Age?

Symbolism, Modernism, or the Silver Age?

(p.3) 1 Symbolism, Modernism, or the Silver Age?
The Reluctant Modernist

Roger Keys

Oxford University Press

Decadence, Neo-romanticism, Symbolism, Modernism, and the Silver Age are some of the commoner designations of the period which followed the flowering of the Realist novel in Russia. This chapter proposes to dispense with the words ‘symbolist’ or ‘symbolic’ as a means of designating similarity or dissimilarity in type or function between works written during this period. Instead, it uses the word ‘modernist’ to denote those distinctive and novel qualities held in common by a substantial group of works written during the period. It also describes the significance of the term ‘Silver Age’ and its success in Russia as a convenient way of designating and rehabilitating the non-realistic art produced during the period from the 1890s to the 1920s.

Keywords:   decadence, Neo-romanticism, Symbolism, Modernism, Silver Age, Realist novel, symbolist, symbolic, modernist

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