The Birth of the Body — Russian Erotic Prose of the First Half of the Twentieth Century: A Reader 

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Editor: Alexei Lalo
This concise reader/anthology of Russian and Soviet erotic prose written between 1900 and 1940 consists of three parts: Silver Age writings, interwar émigré literature, and early Soviet fiction. It was not the author’s intention to select the most accomplished works dedicated to the theme of sexuality and eroticism. Rather, the choice for the most part fell upon texts previously unavailable in English and thus less known to readers who do not read in Russian. In addition, these works give a good idea of how the “birth of the body” in Russian literature and culture actually happened and of the laborious, difficult nature of this birth.
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Biographical Note

Alexei Lalo, Ph.D. (2010) in Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin, is Research Administrator at the Melikian Center, Arizona State University. He has published on US and Russian literature, including Libertinage in Russian Culture and Literature (Brill, 2011).

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Translator and Editor’s Foreword

PART I EROTIC SILVER AGE

Vasilii Rozanov Selected Excerpts
Leonid Andreyev In the Fog
Aleksandr Kuprin Seasickness
Fyodor Sologub The Tsarina of Kisses

PART II INHERITING SILVER AGE IN ÉMIGRÉ WRITING

Vladislav Khodasevich On Pornography
Georgii Ivanov The Decay of the Atom

PART III EARLY SOVIET EROTIC FICTION

Panteleymon Romanov Without Bird Cherry
Vikentii Veresaev Isanka

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Readership

All those interested in Russian culture of the first half of the 20th century and in representations of sexuality in literary texts, as well as all Slavists and literary scholars.

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