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“The Silver Age”, the Crisis of Humanism, the Heritage of F. M. Dostoevsky's Art and Russian Symbolism

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2014. Vol. 3. No. 4. Pp. 246-255.
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Fedorov A. A.
Bashkir State University
32 Zaki Validi St., 450076 Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia


The article deals with the human, aesthetic and spiritual problems of Russian symbolism in connection with development of a creative heritage of F. Dostoevsky. In the article N. Berdjaev's point of view on development of humanism of the Renaissance type in Russia of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is given and a problem of the person in F. Dostoevsky's prose is appointed. The author discusses a question on a degree and character of influence of problems of the person and features of a genre of the novel of Dostoevsky's type on the formation of Russian symbolism. A. Volynsky, leading Russian symbolists, Viach. Ivanov, A. Belyj, D. Merezhkovsky have arranged mysticism, subjectivity and tragic element concerning to art and proclaimed art as the aesthetic and religious act. In Dostoevsky's art Russian symbolists recognized their own important theme: the understanding of the world and the person in terms of a tragical category and revealing the dramatic position of the person facing unspirital and meaningless practice of modern society as the main thing in the literature. The author is arrived at a conclusion that Russian symbolists have connected Dostoevsky's art with the newest tendencies in Russian art and culture of beginning of 20th century and have created the original tragical and symbolic concept of Dostoevsky's creative works.


  • • N. Berdiaev
  • • Renaissance
  • • S. Makovsky
  • • the Silver Age
  • • F. M. Dostoevsky
  • • A. Volyjnsky
  • • Viach. Ivanov
  • • Russian symbolism
  • • A. Belyj
  • • D. Merezhkovsky
  • • tragedy
  • • tragic
  • • novel
  • • Russian culture


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