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Published: 31 July 2014

304 Pages | 4 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719091643

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Degeneration, Decadence and Disease in the Russian fin de siècle

Neurasthenia in the life and work of Leonid Andreev

Frederick H. White

Published by Manchester University Press

Durham Modern Languages Series MUP

  • Demonstrates the influence and implications of scientific discourse on Russian concepts of mental illness and national health at the beginning of the twentieth century
  • Examines the concept of pathology in Russia, the influence of European medical discourse, the development of Russian psychiatry, and the role that it had the popular dialogue on social deviance
  • Extends and challenges scholarship on the Russian fin de siècle, the emergence of psychiatry as a new medical science, and the role that art played in the development of this objective science
  • It will appeal to those interested in critical theory, attempting to broaden the concept of illness narrative employed in the medical humanities, sociology, and literary/cultural studies
  • The concentration on psychiatric pathology in popular discourse will augment extant scholarship on philosophical, religious and political influences of the Russian Silver Age and open the topic for broader discussion
  • This approach is new to the Slavic field, mainly because degeneration theory, although widely discussed in its European context, has not been afforded the same scholarly attention in Russian cultural studies

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