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Frederick H. White

confused those who wanted to assign him to a literary camp. Bezzubov views Andreev’s work in the spirit of neo-realism or fantastical realism, but suggests that as a result of bold artistic experiments, Andreev produced an expressionistic style that would later be realized in part in the existentialist and other avant-garde movements.110 I offer the alternative suggestion that Andreev was, in fact, a Russian decadent – relying on the medical discourse and science of degeneration theory. He was not a ‘noble-born decadent’ poet with the proper aesthetic vocabulary, but

in Degeneration, decadence and disease in the Russian fin de siècle