The Symbolist Movement in the Literature of European Languages

ISBN 9789630538954 | EUR 200.00 | USD 300.00
ISBN 9789027286420 | EUR 200.00 | USD 300.00
Google Play logo
Edited by Anna Balakian, this volume marks the first attempt to discuss Symbolism in a full range of the literatures written in the European languages. The scope of these analyses, which explore Latin America, Scandinavia, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria as well as West European literatures, continues to make the volume a valuable reference today. As René Wellek suggests in his historiographic contribution, the fifty-one contributors not only make us think afresh about individual authors who are “giants,” but also draw us to reassess schools and movements in their local as well as international contexts. Reviewers comment that this “copious and intelligently structured” anthology, divided into eight parts, traces the conceptual bases and emergence of an international Symbolist movement, showing the spread of Symbolism to other national literatures from French sources, as well as the symbiotic transformations of Symbolism through appropriation and amalgamation with local literary trends. Several chapters deal with the relationships between literature and the other arts, pointing to Symbolism at work in painting, music, and theatre. Other chapters on the psychological aspects of the Symbolist method connect in interesting ways to a vision of metaphor and myth as virtually musical notation and an experimental emphasis on the play afforded by gaps between words. The volume is “a major contribution” to “the most significant exponents” and “essential themes” of Symbolism. The theoretical, historical, and typological sections of the volume help explain why the impact of this important movement of the fin-de-siècle is still felt today.
Publishing status: Available | Original publisher:Akadémiai Kiadó
Table of Contents
Cited by

Cited by 4 other publications

William Burgwinkle, Nicholas Hammond & Emma Wilson
2011. The Cambridge History of French Literature, DOI logo
Hajdu, Péter & József Pál
2023. Introduction: The fifty-year history of Neohelicon, Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum, and beyond. Neohelicon 50:2  pp. 413 ff. DOI logo
Kiefer, Klaus H.
1994. Äternalistisches Finale oder Bebuquins Aus-Sage. Carl Einsteins Beitrag zur Postmoderne. Neohelicon 21:1  pp. 13 ff. DOI logo
Paul, Zakir
2020. Demons of Analogy. Romanic Review 111:2  pp. 288 ff. DOI logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 16 april 2024. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.


Literature & Literary Studies

Comparative literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

DSB: Literary studies: general

Main BISAC Subject

ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  82229562 | Marc record