The Testimonies of Russian and American Postmodern Poetry : Reference, Trauma, and History Paperback
This book challenges the belief in the purely linguistic nature of contemporary poetry and offers an interpretation of late twentieth-century Russian poetry as a testimony to the unforeseen annulment of communist reality and its overnight displacement by a completely unfathomable post-totalitarian order.
Albena Lutzkanova-Vassileva argues that, because of the sudden invalidation of a reality that had been largely seen as unattained and everlasting, this shift remained secluded from the mind and totally resistant to cognition, thus causing a collectively traumatic psychological experience.
The book proceeds by inquiring into a school of contemporary American poetry that has been likewise read as cut off from reality.
Executing a comparative analysis, Vassileva advances a new understanding of this poetry as a testimony to the overwhelming and traumatic impact of contemporary media, which have assailed the mind with far more signals than it can register, digest and furnish with semantic weight.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages, 50 bw illus
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
- Publication Date: 30/06/2016
- Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9781501322662