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“A ‘Third-Rate Rhymer’ … but a Poet of Genius”: Lermontov and Russian Montparnasse

  • Maria Rubins
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Literature book series (PMEL)

Abstract

At the center of the young Parisian writers’ provocative revisions to the classical canon of Russian literature was their dismissal of Pushkin, whose proverbial “harmony” was no longer relevant in their post-apocalyptic world. Underpinning their attack on the most sacred icon in the Russian cultural pantheon was certainly no rejection of Pushkin’s poetry as such. Rather, the young generation sought to assert its independent identity by deconstructing the Pushkin-centered discourse of the mainstream diaspora and establishing an alternative aesthetic and spiritual genealogy.

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Literary Tradition Russian Literature Russian Culture Young Writer Literary Context 
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  • Maria Rubins
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  1. 1.University College LondonUK

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