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Joseph Brodsky and the Baroque

Joseph Brodsky and the Baroque

by David MacFadyen
     
 

MacFadyen shows that the works of John Donne, the existential philosophy of Kierkegaard and Sestov, and the cities of St Petersburg and Venice inspired in Brodsky a fundamentally Baroque evolution. He provides a compelling and comprehensive examination of Brodsky's poetry and prose in a fascinating overview of some problems of post-soviet aesthetics. The book

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MacFadyen shows that the works of John Donne, the existential philosophy of Kierkegaard and Sestov, and the cities of St Petersburg and Venice inspired in Brodsky a fundamentally Baroque evolution. He provides a compelling and comprehensive examination of Brodsky's poetry and prose in a fascinating overview of some problems of post-soviet aesthetics. The book concludes with a reassessment of Brodsky's final role, that of cross-cultural, bilingual essayist. Joseph Brodsky and the Baroque will appeal to students and scholars of Russian literature as well as the growing body of Brodsky's admirers.

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Taking a different tack than most studies of US-exiled, Nobel Laureate Russian poet Brodsky (1940-96), MacFadyen (Russian studies, Dalhousie U.) looks beyond the obvious themes of exile to find changes that indicate broader, socio-cultural processes. He finds the poet to be Baroque because of typological similarities between 17th-century and post-Soviet aesthetics, and because of his contact with phenomena of the period, particularly during his childhood in Leningrad. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773517790
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
01/13/1999
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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