The Crisis of the Russian Avant-Garde in Iurii Olesha's Envy
Kanevskaya, Marina, Canadian Slavonic Papers
ABSTRACT: In this essay I will analyze Iurii Olesha's novel Envy (1927) as a reflex of the crisis within the Russian avant-garde. I will argue that Olesha's work can be viewed as the author's perception of the destruction of the avant-garde in the mid-twenties and its replacement by a radically different aesthetic system, i.e., Socialist Realism.
In Envy, the fatal clash between the pragmatic productivism and the earlier constructivism finds its representation in the struggle of the three machines (or constructions-postroeniia-to use the avant-garde term). These constructions are: the communal kitchen Chetvertak; a mysterious machine, Ophelia; and Anechka Prokopovich's bed. I …
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Publication information: Article title: The Crisis of the Russian Avant-Garde in Iurii Olesha's Envy. Contributors: Kanevskaya, Marina - Author. Journal title: Canadian Slavonic Papers. Volume: 43. Issue: 4 Publication date: December 2001. Page number: 475+. © Canadian Association of Slavists Sep-Dec 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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