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Voiceless Vanguard: The Infantilist Aesthetic of the Russian Avant-Garde offers a new approach to the Russian avant-garde. It argues that central writers, artists, and theorists of the avant-garde self-consciously used an infantile aesthetic, as inspired by children’s art, language, perspective, and logic, to accomplish the artistic renewal they were seeking in literature, theory, and art. It treats the influence of children’s drawings on the Neo-Primitivist art of Mikhail Larionov, the role of children’s language in the Cubo-Futurist poetics of Aleksei Kruchenykh, the role of the naive perspective in the Formalist theory of Viktor Shklovsky, and the place of children’s logic and lore in Daniil Kharms’s absurdist writings for children and adults. This interdisciplinary and cultural study not only illuminates a rich period in Russian culture but also offers implications for modernism in a wider Western context, where similar principles apply.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyrigt Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. Introduction: From Voicelessness to Voice
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. Part I. Infantile Primitivism
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. Chapter One. Infant Art: Mikhail Larionov, Children’s Drawings, and Neo-Primitivist Art
  2. pp. 19-61
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  1. Chapter Two. Infant Word: Aleksei Kruchenykh, Children’s Language, and Cubo-Futurist Poetics
  2. pp. 62-102
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  1. Part II. Infantilist Aesthetics
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. Chapter Three. Infant Eye: Viktor Shklovsky, the Naive Perspective, and Formalist Theory
  2. pp. 105-155
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  1. Chapter Four. Infant Mind: Daniil Kharms, Childish Alogism, and OBERIU Literature of the Absurd
  2. pp. 156-207
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  1. Conclusion: The End Point of the Infantilist Aesthetic
  2. pp. 208-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-272
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-303
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810167728
Related ISBN
9780810129849
MARC Record
OCLC
884652618
Pages
318
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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