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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813014234
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Wanner is assistant professor of Russian at the University of Evansville. He is the author of Alexander Blok: Gedichte, a bilingual Russian-German edition of about 80 poems by Blok, with commentary, which he selected and translated into German verse. He is also the author of numerous articles on Russian poetry, literature, and culture, written in German, French, Russian, and English.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Searching for Social Relevance 9
First Encounters and Translations 10
P. F. Yakubovich: A Populist Baudelairean 20
The Marxist View 42
Ch. 2 The Decadent Response 56
Baudelaire and the Genesis of Russian Decadence 58
Balmont: The Music of Decadence 73
Bryusov: A "Cold Witness" 82
Annensky: The Aesthetics of Pessimism 100
The Backlash: Baudelaire as a Target of Anti-Decadent Attacks 113
Ch. 3 The "Younger Symbolists" 121
The Triumph of "Correspondances" 122
Ellis: The Priest of Baudelairism 127
Ivanov: Distrust and Transfiguration 145
Ch. 4 Toward Modernity 166
Bely: From Mysticism to Formalism 168
Gumilyov and Acmeism: The "Purity of Lines" 173
Severyanin and Ego-Futurism: From Decadence to Pop Art 180
Livshits and Cubo-Futurism: Poetry as Construction 185
Conclusion: (Mis)reading "Baudelaireanness" 189
Appendix: Valery Bryusov's Unpublished Baudelaire Translations 199
Notes 209
Bibliography 229
Index 245
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