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Erotic Utopia
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The first generation of Russian modernists experienced a profound sense of anxiety resulting from the belief that they were living in an age of decline. What made them unique was their utopian prescription for overcoming the inevitability of decline and death both by metaphysical and physical means. They intertwined their mystical erotic discourse with European degeneration theory and its obsession with the destabilization of gender. In Erotic Utopia, Olga Matich suggests that same-sex desire underlay their most radical utopian proposal of abolishing the traditional procreative family in favor of erotically induced abstinence.

 

2006 Winner, CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Titles, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
 
Honorable Mention, Aldo and Jean Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Modern Language Association

“Offers a fresh perspective and a wealth of new information on early Russian modernism. . . . It is required reading for anyone interested in fin-de-siècle Russia and in the history of sexuality in general.”—Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, Slavic and East European Journal

“Thoroughly entertaining.”—Avril Pyman, Slavic Review

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Note on Transliteration and Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. 1. Lev Tolstoy as Early Modernist: Fragmenting and Dissecting the Body
  2. pp. 27-56
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  1. 2. The Meaning of The Meaning of Love: What Is Erotic about Vladimir Solov’ev’s Utopia?
  2. pp. 57-88
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  1. 3. The Case of Alexander Blok: Marriage, Genealogy, Degeneration
  2. pp. 89-125
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  1. 4. Blok’s Femme Fatale: History as Palimpsest
  2. p. 126
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  1. 5. Transcending Gender: The Case of Zinaida Gippius
  2. pp. 162-211
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  1. 6. Religious-Philosophical Meetings: Celibacy contra Marriage
  2. pp. 212-235
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  1. 7. Vasilii Rozanov: The Case of an Amoral Procreationist
  2. pp. 236-273
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 274-278
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-327
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-340
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