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The Poetic Imagination of Vyacheslav Ivanov
A Russian Symbolist's Perception of Dante


Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521114554

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  • Vyacheslav Ivanov, poet, philosopher and critic, played a key role in the formation of the early twentieth-century Russian literature as leader of the religious branch of the Symbolist movement and his influence spread to Europe after his emigration to Italy in 1924. Pamela Davidson explores Ivanov's poetic method, relating his art to his central beliefs (in particular his interpretation of the ancient Greek religion of Dionysus and of the teachings of Vladimir Solovyov) and considering the ways in which he attempted to embody these ideas in his own life. She focuses on Ivanov's interpretation of Dante and in so doing, opens up fresh perspectives on the wider question of Russia's relation to the Western cultural tradition and Catholicism. Detailed analyses of Ivanov's pre-revolutionary poetry and of his translations from Dante form the basis of the second part of the study and extensive use is made of unpublished archival materials from the Soviet Union and Italy.

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521114554
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on the text
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Approaches and Themes:
    1. Ivanov's Dionysiac ideal and Dante
    2. Vladimir Solovyov and Dante
    3. The Symbolist view of Dante as a poet of Sophia
    4. Ivanov's ideal of mystical love
    Part II. Texts and Translations:
    5. Dantesque images in Ivanov's poetry
    6. Ivanov's translations of Dante
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Pamela Davidson

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