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Vasilii Trediakovsky: The Fool of the "New" Russian Literature.


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ISBN 10: 0804718245 / ISBN 13: 9780804718240
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REYFMAN, IRINA. Vasilii Trediakovsky: The Fool of the "New" Russian Literature. Stanford University Press, (1990). 316 pp., 1st printing, v.g.+/no d.j. N° de réf. du libraire 46369

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Titre : Vasilii Trediakovsky: The Fool of the "New" ...

Date d'édition : 1990

Etat du livre :Very Good

Edition : 1st Edition.

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Vasilii Trediakovsky (1703-69) was one of the eighteenth century poets instrumental in creating a Russian literature based on West European models, yet a striking discrepancy exists between his obvious importance and his notoriously bad reputation among his contemporaries and later generations of Russian writers and critics. In exploring the mechanisms of the creation and transmission of literary reputation, the author uses material that is frequently dismissed as irrelevant and unreliable: rumors, anecdotes, and opinions. This material is used to detect mythological patterns in accounts of the historical past - in this case eighteenth-century Russian literature - and to investigate the role of mythmaking in modern cultural consciousness. This book argues that the Russian literary figures of the eighteenth century regarded their age as making a complete break with the past and entering into a totally new stage of historical development.


'This is a superb work of scholarship - thoughtful, wide-ranging, and with implications that go far beyond its topic. Tracing Trediakovsky's reputation through the ages - the first time this has been done - the author develops interesting ideas about how reputations are formed and modified. She makes good use of myth theory and current revisionist ideas about the establishment of canons of classics.'Hugh McLean, University of California, Berkley

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