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Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia
by Ilya Vinitsky
edited by Gary Saul Morson
Northwestern University Press, 2015
Cloth: 978-0-8101-3098-2 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3185-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-3099-9
Library of Congress Classification PG3447.Z5Z923 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.713

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Ilya Vinitsky's Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia is the first major study in English of Vasily Zhukovsky (1783–1852)—a poet, transla­tor of German romantic verse, and, crucially, mentor of Pushkin. It focuses overdue attention to an important figure in Russian literary and cultural history.

Vinitsky’s "psychological biography" argues that Zhukovsky very consciously set out to create for himself an emotional life that reflected his unique brand of romanticism, different from what we associate with Pushkin or poets such as Byron or Wordsworth. For Zhukovsky, ideal love was harmonious, built on a mystical foundation of spiritual kinship. Vinitsky shows how Zhukovksy played a pivotal role in the evolution of ideas central to Russia’s literary and cultural identity from the end of the eighteenth century into the decades following the Napoleonic Wars.


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