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List of Illustrations Preface Introduction Olga Matich Part One: Petersburg, the Novel 1. Backs, Suddenlys, and Surveillance Olga Matich 2. Poetics of Disgust: To Eat and Die in Petersburg Olga Matich 3. Bely, Kandinsky, and Avant-Garde Aesthetics Olga Matich Part Two: Petersburg, the City 4. u0022The Streetcar Prattle of Lifeu0022: Reading and Riding St. Petersburg's Trams Alyson Tapp 5. How Terrorists Learned to Map: Plotting in Petersburg and Boris Savinkov's Recollections of a Terrorist and The Pale Horse Alexis Peri and Christine Evans 6. The Enchanted Masquerade: Alexander Blok's The Puppet Show from the Stage to the Streets Cameron Wiggins 7. Panoramas from Above and Street from Below: The Petersburg of Vyacheslav Ivanov and Mikhail Kuzmin Ulla Hakanen 8. The Button and the Barricade: Bridges in Paris and Petersburg Lucas Stratton 9. 28 Nevsky Prospect: The Sewing Machine, the Seamstress, and Narrative Olga Matich 10. Meat in Russia's Modernist Imagination Mieka Erley 11. The Fluid Margins: Flu00e2neurs of the Karpovka River Polina Barskova 12. The Voices of Silence: The Death and Funeral of Alexander Blok Victoria Smolkin Concluding Remarks Olga Matich Postscript. St. Petersburg: New Architecture and Old Mythology Gregory Kaganov Index

About the Author

Olga Matich is professor of Russian literature and culture at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in Russia's Fin de Siecle, which won a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award and an honorable mention for the 2007 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the Modern Language Association.


"Although the book's text incorporates considerable amounts of critical theory, the illustrative materials make the volume a pleasure for any reader. Highly recommended."--D. B. Johnson, Choice

"Offers stimulating literary and cultural studies work in a fresh format with powerful implications for new pedagogies and multimedia scholarship."--Julie A. Buckler, author of Mapping St. Petersburg

"Redefines not only the phenomenal presence of Saint Petersburg as city but also the modern city's impact on the creation of new kinds of narrative."--John E. Bowlt, author of Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920

"This innovative collection of essays from Olga Matich and ten young colleagues offers an exciting approach to research and pedagogy focusing on St. Petersburg. Like the mirror image title that refers to intersections between the city and the eponymous modernist novel by Andrei Bely, this new work foregrounds connection and collaboration between text and city, word and image, book and website, teacher and student. It is a valuable resource for anyone teaching or writing about St. Petersburg."--Megan Swift, Canadian Slavonic Papers

"Twenty-first-century flaneurs are likely to be delighted by what they learn about trams, bridges, tactical mapping, masquerades, buildings, industry, gardens, friendships, meat markets, rivers, neighborhoods, and deaths. . . .If modernity and modernism, or St. Petersburg and Belyi's Petersburg, involve a constant renewal of perception, then fresh eyes may be what we all need. That and more knowledge-this book offers both."--Tim Langen, Slavic Review
"[T]his is a very good collection and will make an excellent addition to university library collections. . . . Pedagogically, this book is inspiring. It provides an ambitious model for interdisciplinary collaborative research involving both senior faculty members and graduate students. The final result impresses; the trajectory of intellectual growth and professional development, which one imagines many contributors must have experienced as a result of this collaborative project, leaves a very strong positive impression."--Emily D. Johnson, Slavic and East European Journal

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