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The Last Soviet Avant-Garde
OBERIU - Fact, Fiction, Metafiction

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028349

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  • This is the first comprehensive study of the group of avant-garde Soviet writers who styled themselves OBERIU, "The Association for Real Art". Graham Roberts reexamines commonly-held assumptions about OBERIU, its identity as a group, its aesthetics, its relationship to the formalists and the Bakhtin circle, and its place within Russian and European literary traditions. Roberts concludes by showing how the self-conscious literature of OBERIU--its metafiction--occupies an important transitional space between modernism and postmodernism.

    • A comprehensive study of important Soviet avant-garde group
    • Sets the work of OBERIU in aesthetic and theoretical context of formalism and the Bakhtin circle
    • Provides insights into the relationship between modernism and postmodernism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In this context, Robert's book... is a triumph of postmodern attitudes with regard to the Stalinist past." The Times Literary Supplement

    "This book is built upon a firm foundation of research..." Sarah Pratt, Slavic Review

    "...well-researched and thoughtful..." Victor Terras, World Literature Today

    "Roberts' book is noteworthy for its thorough examination and reexamination of the aesthetic theories and practices of OBERIU against the background of Russian literary theories in the first few decades of this century. It is especially valuable for the comparatist interested in how those theories anticipate postmodern ones in the West. Roberts writes beautiful informed prose. Roberts' concise, detailed prose...relate to OBERIU ensure an enlightening read." Canadian Slavonic Papers

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028349
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.391kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on transliteration and convention
    Introduction: OBERIU - the last Soviet avant-garde
    1. Authors and authority
    2. Rereading reading
    3. Language and representation
    Conclusion: OBERIU - between modernism and postmodernism?

  • Author

    Graham Roberts, University of Surrey

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