The Testimonies of Russian and American Postmodern Poetry

The Testimonies of Russian and American Postmodern Poetry

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This book challenges the belief in the purely linguistic nature of contemporary poetry and offers an interpretation of late twentieth-century Russian poetry as a testimony to the unforeseen annulment of communist reality and its overnight displacement by a completely unfathomable post-totalitarian order. Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva argues that, because of the sudden invalidation of a reality that had been largely seen as unattained and everlasting, this shift remained secluded from the mind and totally resistant to cognition, thus causing a collectively traumatic psychological experience. The book proceeds by inquiring into a school of contemporary American poetry that has been likewise read as cut off from reality. Executing a comparative analysis, Vassileva advances a new understanding of this poetry as a testimony to the overwhelming and traumatic impact of contemporary media, which have assailed the mind with far more signals than it can register, digest and furnish with semantic weight.... Lipovetskii, in his illuminative essay a€œIzzhivanie smerti: spetsifika russkogo postmodernizmaa€ (a€œOvercoming Death: The Specifics of ... and glorious form.176 An example of such linguistic dismantling in conceptualist poetry emerges in Prigova#39;s a€œForty-ninth Alphabet Poem. ... enacting the breakdown of the word into unintelligible syllables or meaningless constellations of sounds: a€œA-tsa-tsa/Ba-tsa -tsa/.

Title:The Testimonies of Russian and American Postmodern Poetry
Author:Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2014-12-18


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