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S18b2 The Russian Silver Age

Described as a Russian Renaissance, the Russian Silver Age, from the early 1890s until the 1920s, witnessed an explosion of creativity in literature, theater, painting, music and dance. Artists from many disciplines, including Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Anna Akhmatova, Wassily Kandinsky, Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Mayakovsky, challenged all the traditional rules for music, poetry, art, theater, and dance. They would thrill, shock and outrage the cultural elite of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as Paris, London and New York. Yet, Russia also experienced war and revolution during these years, leading many artists to emigrate and bring their creative talents with them to Western Europe and the United States where they have had lasting influences to this day. We will discuss the writers, artists and musicians as well as their collaboration and impact on modern art. Photos of their paintings and videos of recent performances of the dances created by The Ballets Russes will be shown in class.

Instructor: Mary Louise Loe, Professor Emerita at JMU, has taught in the History Department for over 40 years. Her fields of specialty are Russian History, European History and Human Rights. Her B.A. is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. and Ph.D. are from Columbia University.

Suggested Reading: John Bowlt, author. Moscow and St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Literature & Culture of the Russian Silver Age. Vendome Press, 2008. ISBN 10. 0865651841. ISBN 13. 9780865651845


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