Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet

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Northwestern University Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 393 pages
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Nikolai Klyuev is the first book in English to examine the life and work of this enigmatic poet. Klyuev (1884–1937) rose to prominence in the early twentieth century as the first of the so-called "new peasant poets" but later fell victim to Stalinist hostility to both his cultural ideology and his homosexuality. He was arrested and exiled in 1933, then shot in 1937.
 
Klyuev’s work incorporates rich elements of folklore, mysticism, politics, and religion, and he sometimes invokes arcane Russian syntax and vocabulary. Makin’s feat is particularly notable because Klyuev was often elusive in his own accounts of his life, and Makin successfully brings into focus the poet’s deliberate strategies of self-mythologization. Nikolai Klyuev is an indispensable guide to the life and the work of an important poet winning wider recognition outside of Russia.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Klyuevs Life as Lived Imagined Recreated and Disputed
9
What When Where How and Why in Klyuevs Poetics
73
Klyuevs Early Collection Bratskie pesni Transformation of the Lyric PopularReligious Motifs
155
Gagarya sudbinaKlyuevs Prose Questions of Genre Problems of Autobiography
210
Klyuevs Late Lyric Poetry and the Razrukha Cycle
231
Pesn o Velikoi Materi an dOther Poemy
276
Conclusion
325
Notes
329
Selected Bibliography
359
Index of Works by Nikolai Klyuev
373
Subject Index
387
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About the author (2010)

Michael Makin is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Michigan. His previous books include Marina Tsvetaeva: Poetics of Appropriation (1994).

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