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Book/Printed Material Twentieth-century Russian poetry : reinventing the canon

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Title

  • Twentieth-century Russian poetry : reinventing the canon

Summary

  • The canon of Russian poetry has been reshaped since the fall of the Soviet Union. A multi-authored study of changing cultural memory and identity, this revisionary work charts Russia's shifting relationship to its own literature in the face of social upheaval. Literary canon and national identity are inextricably tied together, the composition of a canon being the attempt to single out those literary works that best express a nation's culture. This process is, of course, fluid and subject to significant shifts, particularly at times of epochal change. This volume explores changes in the canon of twentieth-century Russian poetry from the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union to the end of Putin's second term as Russian President in 2008. In the wake of major institutional changes, such as the abolition of state censorship and the introduction of a market economy, the way was open for wholesale reinterpretation of twentieth-century poets such as Iosif Brodskii, Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandel'shtam, their works and their lives. In the last twenty years many critics have discussed the possibility of various coexisting canons rooted in official and non-official literature and suggested replacing the term "Soviet literature" with a new definition - "Russian literature of the Soviet period". Contributions to this volume explore the multiple factors involved in reshaping the canon, understood as a body of literary texts given exemplary or representative status as "classics". Among factors which may influence the composition of the canon are educational institutions, competing views of scholars and critics, including figures outside Russia, and the self-canonising activity of poets themselves. Canon revision further reflects contemporary concerns with the destabilising effects of emigration and the internet, and the desire to reconnect with pre-revolutionary cultural traditions through a narrative of the past which foregrounds continuity. Despite persistent nostalgic...

Names

  • Hodgson, Katharine, editor.
  • Shelton, Joanne, editor.
  • Smith, Alexandra, 1959- editor.
  • Open Book Publishers, issuing body.

Created / Published

  • Cambridge, UK : Open Book Publishers, [2017]
  • ©2017

Headings

  • -  Russian poetry--20th century--History and criticism
  • -  Soviet poetry--History and criticism

Genre

  • Criticism, interpretation, etc

Notes

  • -  Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-469) and index.
  • -  Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Open Book Publisher website, viewed on on April 2, 2020).

Medium

  • 1 online resource (x, 499 pages) : color illustrations

Call Number/Physical Location

  • PG3056

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2019452604

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  • Unrestricted online access

Online Format

  • image
  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Smith, Alexandra, Editor, and Issuing Body Open Book Publishers. Twentieth-century Russian poetry: reinventing the canon. editeds by Hodgson, Katharineitor, and Shelton, Joanneitor [Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, ©, 2017] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2019452604/.

APA citation style:

Smith, A. & Open Book Publishers, I. B., Hodgson, K. & Shelton, J., eds. (2017) Twentieth-century Russian poetry: reinventing the canon. [Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, ©] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2019452604/.

MLA citation style:

Smith, Alexandra, Editor, and Issuing Body Open Book Publishers. Twentieth-century Russian poetry: reinventing the canon. ed by Hodgson, Katharineitor, and Shelton, Joanneitor [Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, ©, 2017] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2019452604/>.