Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster

Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster

by Polina Barskova


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875807720
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Polina Barskova was born in Leningrad. She received a BA from Saint Petersburg State University and an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She is associate professor of Russian literature at Hampshire College, and has published eight books of poetry in Russian and three in English translation. She is also the author of Living Pictures, which received the 2015 Andrey Bely Prize, and the editor of Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Transliteration and Translations x

Introduction 3

1 Walking Through the Siege

Routes, Routines, and the Paths of the Imagination 22

2 Spatialized Allegory

Speaking Dystrophy Otherwise 51

3 Paradoxes of Siege Vision

Darkness, Blindness, and Knowledge 73

4 Framing the Siege Sublime

Urban Spectacle and Cultural Memory 94

5 The Spatial Practice of Siege Reading 133

6 Reading into the Siege

Heterochronic Directions of Escapist Reading 150

Notes 197

Bibliography 217

Index 227

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