a public event
The Poetics of Afanasy Fet
A CEES Book Discussion
Thursday, April 14, 2005
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
The Center for European and Eurasian Studies invites the public to a discussion of the recently published book, The Poetics of Afanasy Fet (Bohlau Verlag, 2002), with author, Professor Emily Klenin of the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
The discussant for the talk will be Professor Sarah Pratt, Dean of Academic Programs at the University of Southern California.
About the book:
Based on systematic analysis of Fet’s verse and prose writings, including translations, and on both recent scholarly research and previously untapped archival sources, this is the first full-length study of Fet’s oeuvre to situate it in the context of its author’s German heritage and to show how his understanding and exploitation of that heritage changed across the half century (1840-92) of his career. The poet’s native bilingualism, reinforced and shaped in his early education by Moravian pastors, served as an impetus to his well-known flight from language, and yet it also enabled him to draw, both formally and aesthetically, on the wealth of two literary cultures. The study examines Fet’s poetics with special attention to the relationship between his verse and his autobiographical techniques. It also discusses the connections between Fet’s writings and his knowledge of the scientific and literary culture of his time. It is shown how Fet’s unusual background contributed to his poetic achievement and, at the same time, to his isolation from contemporary Russian readers.
The talk is free and open to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies