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He is the author of Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris Palgrave, and chapters and articles on various aspects of 19th and 20th century literature and culture. He is a major contributor to the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism , and is currently working on a book about British literary responses to the Russian Revolution.
The text in this article is available under the Creative Commons License. British modernism and the idea of Russia. Russian art, dance and music influenced many modernist writers in the first half of the 20th century, while the Bolshevik revolution in heightened both communist and anti-communist feeling in Britain.
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Matthew Taunton explores the influence of Russia on British modernism. Portrait of Lenin Produced during the Russian Revolution —21 , this portrait of Lenin, the Bolshevik leader, draws on folk traditions and religious iconography. Edwardian Russophilia The first decade of the 20th century saw a growing surge of interest in all things Russian.
Revolutionary enthusiasms Early 20th-century Russia was a place of revolutionary ferment, and in — with Russia under immense strain from her involvement in the First World War — the autocratic and incompetent tsarist regime finally crumbled and a radical Bolshevik government swept into power. Literary anti-communism Anti-communism was just as important as communist enthusiasm in shaping literary views of Russia. Written by Matthew Taunton Matthew Taunton is a lecturer in literature at the University of East Anglia, specialising in literature and culture from the late Victorian period to the present.
Share this page. British Library newsletter Sign up to our newsletter Email. Supported since inception by. Pursue a career in law he did, but in , he started writing film scripts, short stories, and novels, and subsequently left his law career to focus on his literature. He received little formal education, completing only his elementary education. Despite this, he wrote more than one hundred books about philosophy, religion, and poetry. A number of his works have been translated into English, making them more accessible to a Western audience of readers.
Anis Mansour was an Egyptian writer who obtained a BA in philosophy in when he started his career as a journalist, working for the newspaper Al-Asas.
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Mansour wrote more than books, translations of which include French, Dutch and Russian. He also worked as a translator and translated about short stories and more than twenty plays into Arabic. His most famous title is Around the World in Days which documented his travel experiences in the early s. Zaki Naguib Mahmoud encouraged independent experimentation and contributed immensely to the social motivations that worked to reconcile the Arab world with modernism and the Renaissance of literary thought.
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Mahmoud has written a number of books and translated numerous texts, as well as contributing numerous articles in magazines and newspapers including the Egyptian Al Ahram. A novelist and political campaigner Soueif has become an influential force in Egyptian politics and society, after becoming involved in the Arab Spring protests which forced Hosni Mubarak out of power.
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