Contents: Harlequinade in symbolist art, literature and drama - Western trend internalised - Fundamental concerns of the time: harmony of the child's soul, theatricalisation of life, grotesque dehumanisation of society, coexistence of personal and creative self - Development of artistic thought, dialectics of unity and diversity - Diversity of objective reality and uniqueness of its personal perception - The dialogue between the individual and the world - Harlequinade as an outlet for the new symbolist aesthetics: the paradigm of self metamorphosing into a multitude of disguised others - `Harlequinade' poems of Blok and Belyi - The dialogue between the self and the other - Christian formula of `inseparability and distinctness' - Linguistic structures and poetic devices based on paradigmatic unity - Sound texture of verse as a sense generating factor which heightens semantic potential of the text - Correlation between auditory and non-auditory modes of perception.
The Author: Olga Yu. Soboleva is a Senior Lecturer in Russian at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Her research interests lie in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian culture (transitional periods in the development of Russian artistic thought, Symbolism, post-Soviet literature). She has recently published on Chekhov, the carnival poetry of Blok and Belyi and the stories of Boris Akunin and Viktor Pelevin.