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Metamorphosis in Russian Modernism


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Introduction: Russian literature and the metamorphic theme Part 1: Echo and Narcissus in Russian symbolism Part 2: The transformation myth in Russian modernism Part 3: Pythagoras and the butterfly: Nabokov's Ovidian metamorphosis Part 4: Ovidian intertexts in Olesha's 'The Cherry Stone' Part 5: Sansculotte improvisors and clouds in trousers: poetic metamorphosis in Pushkin and Maiakovskii Part 6: Savage thinking: metamorphosis in the cinema of S.M. Eisenstein


"Readers will find much of interest in all of the articles, which detail the relevance of the Classical tradition as will as its modern variants... Well-grounded theoretically, yet still closely concerned with the original texts, the essays in this volume represent the best this kind of thematic study has to offer. The topic is timely, broad, and interdisciplinary... Well edited and nicely produced by the Central European University Press, Metamorphoses in Russian Modernism belongs in research libraries everywhere." * Slavic and East European Journal *
"Peter Barta's book gives us an in-depth insight into the abiding vitality of the Greek and Latin classic heritage in twentieth-century Russian culture and, by concentrating on a well-chosen selection of examples of the poetic exploitation of metamorphosis as subject, device and philosophical tenet, achives a sharpness of focus which might have been missing from a more general symposium on Greco-Roman mythical subtext." * Slavonic and East European Review *

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