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Osip Mandelstam the Modernist Creation of Tradition

Cavanagh traces Mandelstam's creation of tradition from his earliest lyrics to his last verses written shortly before his arrest and subsequent death in a Stalinist camp Her work shows how the poet generalizing from his own dilemmas and disruptions addressed his epoch's paradoxical legacy of disinheritance and how he responded to this unwelcome legacy with one of modernism's most complex ambitious and challenging visions of tradition Drawing on not only Russian and Western modernist writing and theory but also modern European Jewish culture Russian religious thought postrevolutionary politics and even silent film Cavanagh traces Mandelstam's recovery of a world culture vital vast and varied enough to satisfy the desires of the quintessential outcast modernist


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