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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



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Information about the author:

Tatiana A. Ternova, DSc in Philology, Professor, Voronezh State University, Universitetskaya Square 1, 394006 Voronezh, Russia.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9237-854X

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The article proves that imaginism has become a starting point for the formation of the ideas of a number of avant-garde literary groups, namely expressionists, “Moscow Parnassus,” nichevoks, neoclassicists, fuists, biocosmists. This fact stems from the self-awareness of imaginism as a trend that claims not only to carry out aesthetic experiments, but also to reform the worldview. The manifest statements of the imaginists (“Declaration,” “Eight Points,” “Manifesto,” “Appeal of the Imaginists,” the theoretical works of V.G. Shershenevich, A.B. Mariengof, S.A. Esenin) refl ect this intention: it is no coincidence that the vocabulary of struggle characteristic of this type of texts becomes non-obvious in them, being replaced by mortal vocabulary. The use of comic techniques in the program documents of imaginism is fundamental. This combination of serious and funny is also part of the program of the imaginists.

  • Keywords: avant-garde, imaginism, expressionism, manifesto.


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