The Resource Andrei Platonov : uncertainties of spirit, by Thomas Seifrid

Andrei Platonov : uncertainties of spirit, by Thomas Seifrid

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Andrei Platonov : uncertainties of spirit
Title
Andrei Platonov
Title remainder
uncertainties of spirit
Statement of responsibility
by Thomas Seifrid
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The study of Andrei Platonov (1899-1951) focuses on the interrelation of philosophical themes, imagery, and verbal devices in his prose. Platonov's intellectual roots lie in Russian utopian thought of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was particularly influenced by the writings of Fedorov and Bogdanov, but may also be seen as belonging to a broader tradition of efforts to overcome epistemological dualism that includes such figures as Solov'ev, Bakhtin, and Pasternak. The world view expressed in Platonov's literary works is a peculiar blend of idealist longings and materialist convictions. At its center stands his dominant image of being's vulnerable residence in the physical body. At the same time, Platonov's world view was significantly shaped by his implicit dialogue with Soviet Marxism-Leninism, and later Stalinism, both of which claimed to be building utopia
  • Platonov's unique literary style embeds the high-flown rhetoric of Soviet propaganda, Marxism-Leninism, and the technical jargon associated with 'socialist construction' in the deforming medium of the speech of Russia's unlettered masses. In its use of deformation as a trope, this style represents a development of the Russian tradition of skaz narration in the direction of Modernism; its inner workings are closely related to those of the pun. In Platonov's masterpieces of the late 192Os and early 193Os, linguistic parody comes together with existential angst and dystopian doubts about the course of Soviet history, and in them he reveals the extent to which the Soviet mindset is itself a linguistic phenomenon. Thomas Seifrid concludes his study by considering the works Platonov wrote between 1934 and 1951. In these he maneuvered to preserve some of the essentials of his earlier poetic while fusing them with the expected formulae of socialist realism
Cataloging source
DLC
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Seifrid, Thomas
Dewey number
891.73/42
Index
index present
LC call number
PG3476.P543
LC item number
Z778 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in Russian literature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich
  • Philosophy in literature
  • Socialist realism in literature
Label
Andrei Platonov : uncertainties of spirit, by Thomas Seifrid
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 250-266) and index
Contents
Introduction: The problem of reading Platonov -- 1. Consciousness and matter: Platonov in Voronezh and Tambov (1917-1926) -- 2. Learning the language of being (1926-1927) -- 3. Chevengur and the utopian genre -- 4. Platonov and the culture of the Five-Year Plan (1929-1931) -- 5. "Socialist Realist" Platonov (1934-1951)
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 273 p.
Isbn
9780521405225
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
91016969
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u925791-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIE-6877
  • 01893
  • (OCoLC)23688933
Label
Andrei Platonov : uncertainties of spirit, by Thomas Seifrid
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 250-266) and index
Contents
Introduction: The problem of reading Platonov -- 1. Consciousness and matter: Platonov in Voronezh and Tambov (1917-1926) -- 2. Learning the language of being (1926-1927) -- 3. Chevengur and the utopian genre -- 4. Platonov and the culture of the Five-Year Plan (1929-1931) -- 5. "Socialist Realist" Platonov (1934-1951)
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 273 p.
Isbn
9780521405225
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
91016969
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u925791-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIE-6877
  • 01893
  • (OCoLC)23688933

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