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Vasilisk Gnedov's Futurism.

Brooks, Crispin; (1998) Vasilisk Gnedov's Futurism. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This dissertation is an attempt to provide the first extended analysis of the Futurist work of Vasilisk Gnedov (1890-1978), one of the most interesting and original poets of the early Russian Avant-Garde. Interest in this hitherto neglected figure has grown in recent years, most importantly with the publication of his Sobranie stikhotvorenii (Trento, 1992), which has an introduction and commentaries by the scholar and Avant-Garde poet Sergei Sigei. The present study follows a pattern of increasing focus in its three main chapters: 'World', 'Works', and 'Words'. The first, 'World', aims to locate Gnedov in three contexts: 1) the literary movement of which he was part, through a general survey of Russian Futurism and its less well known subset, Egofuturism, 2) the circumstances of the poet's life, reconstructed from existing articles on Gnedov and previously unused archive materials, 3) and his bibliography and historiography, charting Gnedov's publishing output and the increasing interest in him in the last 10 years. The second chapter, 'Works', is a chronologically arranged analysis of all Gnedov's poetry and prose of the period 1913- 19 (with a brief section detailing his later works), which seeks to highlight the central themes and show the development of Gnedov's poetics. The chapter also publishes for the first time four previously unknown poems. The third chapter, 'Words', divides into two parts: 1) 'Features of Gnedov's Poetic Language: Dialectisms, Neologisms, Zaum'" describes the salient features of the poet's innovative use of language, 2) the 'Glossary' provides definitions of the numerous rare words encountered in Gnedov's writing and the most likely components of the neologisms. The dissertation is completed by a short 'Conclusion' and an 'Annotated Bibliography'.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Vasilisk Gnedov's Futurism.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103326
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