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Beyond the Noise of Time

Grelz, Karin LU (2004) In Stockholm Studies in Russian Literature 35.
Abstract
The study examines Marina Tsvetaeva’s memories of childhood and the general presence of the childhood theme in Tsvetaeva’s oeuvre. It is found that idealization of the naive, innocent state is a relatively constant feature and that the childhood memories can be read as a culmination of this set of motives. It is also stated that Tsvetaeva’s continuous striving in her poetry to transcend the limits of historical reality, reaching for the absolute, is an integral part of the childhood thematics. This tendency is traced, in connection with the childhood theme, to the influence of writers of the late Russian Symbolist movement as well as to Boris Pasternak and Rainer Maria Rilke — all with roots in literary Romanticism. The childhood thematics... (More)
The study examines Marina Tsvetaeva’s memories of childhood and the general presence of the childhood theme in Tsvetaeva’s oeuvre. It is found that idealization of the naive, innocent state is a relatively constant feature and that the childhood memories can be read as a culmination of this set of motives. It is also stated that Tsvetaeva’s continuous striving in her poetry to transcend the limits of historical reality, reaching for the absolute, is an integral part of the childhood thematics. This tendency is traced, in connection with the childhood theme, to the influence of writers of the late Russian Symbolist movement as well as to Boris Pasternak and Rainer Maria Rilke — all with roots in literary Romanticism. The childhood thematics is moreover found to be something of a key theme that brings out fundamental differences in the relation to memory and language among the authors of Russian modernism. In Tsvetaeva’s case it is shown that her childhood memories reveal the romantic essence of her aesthetics. By a close-reading that unveils the symbolic and allegorical dimension of the texts it is shown that central scenes in these memoirs stand out as illustrations of an aesthetic and linguistic experience. In this regard the author’s seemingly naive narrative of childhood appears to have been a suitable medium for articulating controversial aesthetic statements and taking a stand for an historical past and literary tradition that at the time seemed doomed to oblivion. (Less)
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  • Professor Kleberg, Lars, Södertörns högskola
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Thesis
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published
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keywords
Rilke, Mandelshtam, Russian literature, childhood, Pasternak, symbolism, memories, Tsvetaeva, romanticism, aesthetics
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Stockholm Studies in Russian Literature
volume
35
pages
184 pages
publisher
Almqvist & Wiksell International
defense location
Stockholm university
defense date
2004-02-14 10:00
ISSN
0346-8496
language
English
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no
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  abstract     = {The study examines Marina Tsvetaeva’s memories of childhood and the general presence of the childhood theme in Tsvetaeva’s oeuvre. It is found that idealization of the naive, innocent state is a relatively constant feature and that the childhood memories can be read as a culmination of this set of motives. It is also stated that Tsvetaeva’s continuous striving in her poetry to transcend the limits of historical reality, reaching for the absolute, is an integral part of the childhood thematics. This tendency is traced, in connection with the childhood theme, to the influence of writers of the late Russian Symbolist movement as well as to Boris Pasternak and Rainer Maria Rilke — all with roots in literary Romanticism. The childhood thematics is moreover found to be something of a key theme that brings out fundamental differences in the relation to memory and language among the authors of Russian modernism. In Tsvetaeva’s case it is shown that her childhood memories reveal the romantic essence of her aesthetics. By a close-reading that unveils the symbolic and allegorical dimension of the texts it is shown that central scenes in these memoirs stand out as illustrations of an aesthetic and linguistic experience. In this regard the author’s seemingly naive narrative of childhood appears to have been a suitable medium for articulating controversial aesthetic statements and taking a stand for an historical past and literary tradition that at the time seemed doomed to oblivion.},
  author       = {Grelz, Karin},
  issn         = {0346-8496},
  keyword      = {Rilke,Mandelshtam,Russian literature,childhood,Pasternak,symbolism,memories,Tsvetaeva,romanticism,aesthetics},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {184},
  publisher    = {Almqvist & Wiksell International},
  series       = {Stockholm Studies in Russian Literature},
  title        = {Beyond the Noise of Time},
  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2004},
}