Literary Insinuations

Literary Insinuations : Sorting Out Sinyavsky's Irreverence

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Scholar, satirist, and critic, Andrei Sinyavsky was considered so politically dangerous to the Russian communist regime that he was sentenced to the gulag for seven years. Given the grim political circumstances in which he wrote, it is hardly surprising that many theorists have overlooked the strain of dark humor that runs through many of his writings. The first in-depth examination of Sinyavsky's satirical side, Literary Insinuations: Sorting out Sinyavsky's Irreverance is one of the few English-language works on this brilliant author. Walter Kolonosky combines rich historical detail with close textual analysis to produce a study of playful and provocative writing which ties together many loose ends in Sinyavsky more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739104888
  • 9780739104880

Review quote

...With it's broad scope and solid bibliography it will serve as a resource for further investigations of Sinyavsky/Terts. Slavic and East European Journal Whether writing as himself or as the irrepressible Abram Terts, Andrei Siniavskii did not make it easy for academic critics who have to deal with the fact that this heroic imagination could not be contained by just one identity. Walter Kolonkosky's book is the latest worthy attempt to capture these two elusive characters...Using an impressive number of sources, as well as the records of his own discussion with Siniavskii, Kolonosky provides a detailed evaluation of the author's other gosizdat (official) and samizdat literary criticism. -- Kathleen Parthe Slavic Review, Vol. 64, No. 2 With Kolonosky's strong background in Sinyavsky scholarship, he sees connections and provides readings that get to the heart of Sinyavsky's oeuvre. -- Erica Haber, Syracuse Universityshow more

About Walter F. Kolonosky

Walter F. Kolonosky is Professor of Russian at Kansas State University. His interest in Russian led him to research in Russian literature of the twentieth century and literary theory, the results of which he has published in theSlavic and East European Journal, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and the Russian Literature more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Satirists on Trial Chapter 3 Platforms for Satire Chapter 4 Constant Polarities, Scholarship, Ventriloquism Chapter 5 Early Polemics Chapter 6 Sword and Shield: Mayakovsky Chapter 7 Forbidden Themes, Disputation, Autobiography Chapter 8 Beauty and the Beast: An Allegory of Self and Other Chapter 9 Bringing Terts to Paris: New Literary Confrontations Chapter 10 Strolling with Rozanov Chapter 11 Metafiction with Barbs Chapter 12 Fantasy and Folklore Chapter 13 The Wit of a Literary Scholar Chapter 14 The Final Polemic: Targeting the Russian Intelligentsiashow more