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An analysis of the political and aesthetic aspects in the early work of Bestuzhev-Marlinskyn

Landsman, NB; (1969) An analysis of the political and aesthetic aspects in the early work of Bestuzhev-Marlinskyn. UNSPECIFIED thesis (PhD), University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The above -named thesis hae as its objective a clear, concise =position of the work of an important Russian writer whose influence on the development of Russian literature has never been sufficiently appreciated. It treats the opening phase of his literary activity, from 1818 until the Decembrist rebellion of 1i25, a period particalnrly neglected in the pest. It is divided into three sections, the first of which discueses the problems besetting the would-be critic or reader of Bestuzhcv, as well as the European background and its effect on Russia generally and on Beetuzhav in particular. The second determines the political aspects of his work, endeavouring to demonstrate the link between his role as member of the Decembrist sooty, with especial emphasis on his attitude to the political and economic position of Russia, and his early writing. The third section is devoted to an account of the aesthetic principles of his work, outlined against the background of contemporary Russian literature, represented primarily by the Sentimentalists and Decembristo, and the influx of ideas from Western Europe, dominated by the trend of romanticism. The originality of the first and second parts lies in the attempt to resolve the conflict between pre—revolutionary critics, who considered Destuzhcvle tales devoid of serious meaning, and Soviet critics who assume a priori their patent revolutionary ideology. Although the discussion is weighted on the latterls side, it reveals the reasons prompting earlier critics to reach their conclusions and revises the overstatement of the Soviet case. The third part investigates more deeply than ever before the full extent of Western European influence on Bentuzhev — a phenomenon nlmost completely ignored by Soviet criticism. The whole is a comprehensive survey of the three main facets of Bestuzhevis literary output — prose, criticism and poetry, clarifying his conception of romanticism, his political views, the part he played in creating a specifically Russian linguistic medium, and finally his significant contribution to the literary debates and political whirlpool of the 182010.

Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Qualification: PhD
Title: An analysis of the political and aesthetic aspects in the early work of Bestuzhev-Marlinskyn
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048648
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