Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetic (Northwestern University Press Studies in Russian Literature and Theory)

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Many studies have drawn comparisons between Russian Modernism and its European counterpart. Martha Kelly's is the first to show that a significant point of difference between them emerges with an understanding of the influence of Russian Orthodoxy on key literary works of the first half of the twentieth century. Kelly contends that it was not just thematically that this influence can be detected, but rather that an entire poetics was shaped by it. Specifically, Russian Orthodoxy held out the possibility of unification of spirit and matter as well as a host of other dichotomies, such as subject and object and the empirical and the irrational. As a means by which this unity might be realized, the artist could produce a work of transformative - and regenerative - power. With careful readings of central texts by Blok, Kuzmin, Tsvetaeva,Akhmatova, and, most unexpectedly, Pasternak, Kelly illustrates the profound impact of religious thinking on the major figures of early twentieth-century Russian and Soviet literature.

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Martha M. F. Kelly is an assistant professor of Russian in the Department of German and Russian Studies at the University of Missouri, USA.

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"One of the many things that this reader took away from Kelly’s wonderful, thought-provoking book was not just a renewed appreciation of how disruptive and imaginative Russian modernism could be in its quest for renewal and reconciliation, but also how meaningful, even fecund, Orthodox Christianity could be in poetic articulations of the modern... This book also demonstrates that sources deemed non-canonical or heterodox by the Russian Church, such as Greek mythology, Gnosticism, and, perhaps most crucially, the writings of Vladimir Solov’ev, played a key part in loosening the canonical bonds around Orthodox Christianity and, thus, in opening new ways for educated Russians to interpret and experience their faith... What Kelly reminds us in her study is that Orthodoxy is not a discoverable singularity, but a contested, open-ended multiplicity." —The Russian Review 

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