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The poetic imagination of Viacheslav Ivanov: A Russian Symbolist’s perception of Dante

Davidson, P; (2009) The poetic imagination of Viacheslav Ivanov: A Russian Symbolist’s perception of Dante. [Book]. Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature. (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

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poetry and of his translations from Dante form the basis of the second part of the study and extensive use is made of unpublished archival materials from the Soviet Union and Italy.

Type: Book
Title: The poetic imagination of Viacheslav Ivanov: A Russian Symbolist’s perception of Dante
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-11455-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511735790
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511735790
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record of chapter 6, Ivanov’s translations of Dante. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Viacheslav Ivanov, Dante, poetry, comparative literature, translation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476578
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