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Degeneration, decadence and disease in the Russian fin de siècle
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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


By the first decade of the twentieth century, Russia was experiencing a decadent period of cultural degeneration. Simultaneous with this artistic response, science was developing ways to identify medical conditions that supposedly reflected the health of the entire nation. Leonid Andreev (1871–1919), the leading literary figure of his time, stepped into the breech of this scientific discourse with literary works about degenerates. The spirited social debates on mental illness, morality and sexual deviance which resulted from these works became part of the ongoing battle over the definition and ... More

Keywords: Leonid Andreev, Degeneration, Decadence, Psychiatry, Russian literature, Russian fin de siècle, Illness narrative, Madness, Neurasthenia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719091643
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick H. White, author