Montaging Pushkin: Pushkin and Visions of Modernity in by Alexandra Smith PDF


By Alexandra Smith

ISBN-10: 9042020121

ISBN-13: 9789042020122

Montaging Pushkin deals for the 1st time a coherent view of Pushkin's legacy to Russian twentieth-century poetry, giving many new insights. Pushkin is proven to be a Russian forerunner of Baudelaire. additionally it's argued that the increase of the Russian and ecu novel principally replaced the methods Russian poets have checked out themselves and at poetic language; that novelisation of poetry is detectable within the significant works of poetry that engaged in an inventive discussion with Pushkin, and that polyphonic lyric has been accomplished. Alexandra Smith locates major examples of Pushkin's cinematographic cognition of truth, suggesting that such dynamic descriptions of Petersburg helped create a hugely unique lively picture of town as comedian apocalypse, which fans of Pushkin appropriated very effectively at the same time a long way because the overdue 20th century. Montaging Pushkin may be of curiosity to all scholars of Russian poetry, in addition to experts in literary conception, eu experiences and the historical past of principles. "Smith's thesis is either startling and unique: that Pushkin, for all his Mozart-like fluidity and perfection, should be productively learn as a poet of ache and violence. His reflex was once to answer the totalizing, authoritative public panorama of his period with an both critical yet in particular deepest, individualizing, disciplined set of calls for at the Poet. The habitual recognition that later generations have paid towards these features of Pushkin's existence and texts ruled through the non-public correct to withstand or to begin violence (his duel, his struggles with the forms, his failed pursuit of provider with honour) recommend that this mythologeme is without doubt one of the most efficient in Pushkin's outstanding legacy" CARYL EMERSON (A. Watson Armour III collage Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Chair of the Slavic division, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton collage) "Smith's leading edge research bargains a superb research of ways cinematographic modifying and polyphony are detected in Russian twentieth-century poetry... It perspectives Pushkin as a "référence obligée" of up to date city poetry" VÉRONIQUE LOSSKY (Professor Emeritus of Russian Literature on the Université de Paris-Sorbonne IV)

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This study has a focus on montaging Pushkin in order to highlight the striking analogies between poetry and cinema already articulated by scholars such as Tynianov, Chris Eagle and Monika Greenleaf. I link this method of reading to the lenses of modernity, so to speak, since ironic, modern and fragmentary modes of writings seem the most important marks of the Romantic and Modernist worldviews. As Greenleaf observes, “The intriguing kinship between the fragmentary modes of the 1820s and the 1920s may be more than a coincidence.

Blok puts forward the idea that multi-levelled manifestations of the creative spirit are embedded in Pushkin’s works: “We know Pushkin the man, we know Pushkin the friend of the monarchy, and we know Pushkin the friend of the Decembrists, but all this pales before Pushkin the poet” (Blok, in Richards and Cockrell 1976: 128). In his speech Blok stresses on several occasions the indestructibility of the essence of poetry, and that any great poet is a child of harmony, cosmos and Logos. Like Bergson, Blok highly values the creative mind’s intuitive faculties, proposing this vision of creative evolution: “The life of the world comprises the continuous creation of new breeds and new species.

Evil government, mass revolt, plague, war, state necessity, mass violence against individual; everything that restrains individual freedom; everything that exists outside the boundaries of a private house, — all this is bad weather. It is fate. :427D @? @CD:. 2Q A@5@62. 2 CE6N32. 7=N9Q. […] '2> %EJ<:? 7 ‘92A7B 647B7;’ — : A@5:3») (Khodasevich 1999: 166). Khodasevich makes a most valuable observation, one that brings Pushkin closer to a Bergsonian understanding of duration, in his discussion of the representations of farewells, departures, disappearances and flights which were portrayed in Pushkin’s poetry.

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