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Rereading Russian poetry
Sandler, Stephanie, 1953-
Publication Information:
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 365 pages ; 25 cm.
Kutik, Sedakova, Kibirov, Parshchikov / Andrew Wachtel.
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Central Library PG3043 .R47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A collection of writings assessing the place of poetry in Russian culture. The book's 15 essays seek to illumine the age of Pushkin; the works of early 20th-century poets; and the field of contemporary Russian poetry. Some essays are devoted to individual poets, others take up broader trends.

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Sandler (Amherst College) covers a wide range of topics in this solid collection of articles by 14 distinguished scholars using various critical approaches. Sandler's model introduction begins with an engaging, lucid discussion of the uniqueness and "Russianness" of Russian poetry; she then surveys poems about Russian poets by non-Russians, reviews modern scholarly approaches to Russian poetry, and summarizes the articles that follow. Contributors cover poets of every stamp, famous and obscure, from the 18th and 19th centuries (Derzhavin, Zhukovsky, Pushkin), the Silver Age (Mandelshtam, Esenin, Kuzmin, Gertsyk, Merkureva, Annensky), and the 20th century (Iskrenko, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky, Brodsky, Shvarts, and four contemporary "archaists"--Kutik, Sedakova, Kibirov, and Parshchikov). Each article offers new readings of the poets and their works; two of the contributors are poets themselves: Sedakova, who writes on Pasternak's "poetology," and Brodsky, who looks at poetic dialogue between Pasternak and Tsvetaeva. Intelligent analyses combine with a good bibliography, extensive notes, and generous citation of entire poems in both Russian and competent English translations to make this a book indispensable for anyone interested in Russian poetry. C. A. Rydel; Grand Valley State University

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