Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West

Overview

Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics explores the intersection of poetry, national life, and national identity in Poland and Russia, from 1917 to the present. As a corrective to recent trends in criticism, acclaimed translator and critic Clare Cavanagh demonstrates how the practice of the personal lyric in totalitarian states such as Russia and Poland did not represent an escapist tendency; rather it reverberated as a bold political statement and at times a dangerous act.

Cavanagh ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $14.40   
  • New (5) from $31.06   
  • Used (7) from $14.40   
Sending request ...

Overview

Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics explores the intersection of poetry, national life, and national identity in Poland and Russia, from 1917 to the present. As a corrective to recent trends in criticism, acclaimed translator and critic Clare Cavanagh demonstrates how the practice of the personal lyric in totalitarian states such as Russia and Poland did not represent an escapist tendency; rather it reverberated as a bold political statement and at times a dangerous act.

Cavanagh also provides a comparative study of modern poetry from the perspective of the eastern and western sides of the Iron Curtain. Among the poets discussed are Blok, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Yeats, Whitman, Frost, Szymborska, Zagajewski, and Milosz; close readings of individual poems are included, some translated for the first time. Cavanagh examines these poets and their work as a challenge to Western postmodernist theories, thus offering new perspectives on twentieth-century lyric poetry.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

National Book Critics Circle - National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
Bogdana Carpenter
“[This book] opens up a new path, and has no competitors. It is the new perspective and new context that Cavanagh brings to the critical discussion of the relationship between personal lyric and political and social commitment that constitute the book’s novelty and value.”—Bogdana Carpenter, University of Michigan
Irena Grudzinska Gross
"An outstanding book, the richness and depth of which is difficult to describe. It combines a huge amount of information with surprising insights, theoretical breakthroughs and a witty personal style. . . .will be a must read for many years to come." —Irena Grudzinska Gross, Princeton University
Lawrence Lipking
"Poets of the East and West are not so very different after all. Crossing the borders between them, Cavanagh brilliantly catches conversations on poetics and politics that are still going on. This wonderful book expands the reader's world."— Lawrence Lipking, author of The Life of the Poet
Adam Zagajewski
“There's something absolutely refreshing in Clare Cavanagh's approach to poetry: she makes us forget the heavy coats of erudition and the deforming zeal of current ideologies. Clare Cavanagh is a wonderful literary detective who loves poetry and understands its complex interactions with history.” — Adam Zagajewski, University of Chicago
Edward Hirsch
“Clare Cavanagh makes the deep case for the lyric in this scrupulously researched, convincingly argued, and wide-ranging comparative study of modern poetry and politics. She writes from the West but continually turns to modern Russian and Polish poets as the touchstones for her complex polemic and moving defense of poetry.”—Edward Hirsch
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies - Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies
Co-Winner of the 2010 Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies, given by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
The Russian Review - Belinda Cooke
"This book can only burnish Clare Cavannagh's credentials as academic and poet translator...Cavanagh has done justice to her subject area, leaving one with the feeling that there is little left to be said."—Belinda Cooke, The Russian Review
Times Literary Supplement - Andrew Kahn
"Armed with a mastery of both Russian and Polish scholarship and a bracing style of argument, Cavanagh's important and enthralling book illuminates the creative biographies and works of writers who from about 1917 to the dissolution of the Soviet bloc experienced, documented, tested, challenged and sometimes survived the confrontation with the State—or perished when speaking up for themselves and others." — Andrew Kahn, Times Literary Supplement
Choice - Outstanding Academic Title
Chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Slavic category by Choice Magazine
Slavic and East European Journal - Leeore Schnairsohn
". . . an acute and capacious study of politics and poetic identity, centered on Russia and Poland in the twentieth century."—Leeore Schnairsohn, Slavic and East European Journal
Slavic Review - Tomas Venclova
"Cavanagh’s study is a brilliant achievement that expands our knowledge of the subject and our field of vision in general."—Tomas Venclova, Slavic Review
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300152968
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,113,117
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare Cavanagh is associate professor and Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction Acknowledged Legislation 1

1 Courting Disaster: Blok and Yeats 45

2 Whitman, Mayakovsky, and the Body Politic 83

3 The Death of the Book a la russe: The Acmeists under Stalin 109

4 Akhmatova and the Forms of Responsibility: The Poem without a Hero 120

5 Avant-garde Again, or the Posthumous Polish Adventures of Vladimir Mayakovsky 149

6 Bringing Up the Rear: The Histories of Wislawa Szymborska 173

7 Counterrevolution in Poetic Language: Poland's Generation of '68 197

8 The Unacknowledged Legislator's Dream: Czeslaw Milosz and Anglo-American Poetry 234

Afterword Martyrs, Survivors, and Success Stories, or the Postcommunist Prophet 266

Notes 277

Credits 317

Index 319

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)