Baudelaire in Russia / Edition 1

Baudelaire in Russia / Edition 1

by Adrian Wanner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813014239

ISBN-13: 9780813014234

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: University Press of Florida



The works of French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), a revolutionary figure in European literature and one of the most influential figures in the Symbolist movement, were translated into Russian earlier than any other language. Long before the decadents made him a champion of their cause, he had been appropriated in Russia by the revolutionary left.
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The works of French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), a revolutionary figure in European literature and one of the most influential figures in the Symbolist movement, were translated into Russian earlier than any other language. Long before the decadents made him a champion of their cause, he had been appropriated in Russia by the revolutionary left.

 This book analyzes Baudelaire's reception in Russia from 1852 (the date of the first Russian translation of his work) to the end of the Soviet era in 1991. It discusses his impact on Marxists, Russian populists, decadents, Symbolists, acmeists, and on the modernist avant-garde within a general European context, and it argues that Baudelaire became a many-faceted mythical presence in Russian literature.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813014234
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
First
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.37(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Ch. 1Searching for Social Relevance9
First Encounters and Translations10
P. F. Yakubovich: A Populist Baudelairean20
The Marxist View42
Ch. 2The Decadent Response56
Baudelaire and the Genesis of Russian Decadence58
Balmont: The Music of Decadence73
Bryusov: A "Cold Witness"82
Annensky: The Aesthetics of Pessimism100
The Backlash: Baudelaire as a Target of Anti-Decadent Attacks113
Ch. 3The "Younger Symbolists"121
The Triumph of "Correspondances"122
Ellis: The Priest of Baudelairism127
Ivanov: Distrust and Transfiguration145
Ch. 4Toward Modernity166
Bely: From Mysticism to Formalism168
Gumilyov and Acmeism: The "Purity of Lines"173
Severyanin and Ego-Futurism: From Decadence to Pop Art180
Livshits and Cubo-Futurism: Poetry as Construction185
Conclusion: (Mis)reading "Baudelaireanness"189
Appendix: Valery Bryusov's Unpublished Baudelaire Translations199
Notes209
Bibliography229
Index245

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