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Osip Mandel'shtam (1891-1938) is taken into account by means of many to were the simplest Russian poet of his period, and he additionally wrote a couple of serious essays, frequently thought of to be virtually impenetrable. Elena Glazov-Corrigan analyses Mandel'shtam's strategies on poetry and artwork within the context of the key postmodern literary debates and strains their improvement all through his writings. this can be the 1st try to describe in a entire method Mandel'shtam's highbrow international and its impact on his evolution as a philosopher, in particular, on changes in his perspective in the direction of language.

Of specific curiosity to Mandel'shtam students, basic Slavists, and comparatists with a spotlight on concept, this unique and thought-provoking procedure indicates that from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Thirties, a distinct improvement happens in Mandel'shtam's view of the poetic approach. lots of Glazov-Corrigan's principles run opposite to the bought knowledge approximately Mandel'shtam. not like her predecessors, Glazov-Corrigan examines the essays themselves systematically, no longer permitting herself to be sidetracked by way of the poetry. by way of following a sequence of styles - metaphors - she convincingly reconstructs a hidden common sense in Mandel'shtam's work.

This ebook bargains a brand new and enhanced feel of Mandel'shtam's poetic company and the questions he sought to confront during constructing his poetics.

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