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Unorthodox Beauty: Russian Modernism and Its New Religious Aesthetic
by Martha Kelly
Northwestern University Press, 2016
Cloth: 978-0-8101-3239-9 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3238-2
Library of Congress Classification PG3065.R4K45 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.713093823

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Unorthodox Beauty shows how Russian poets of the early twentieth century consciously adapted Russian Orthodox culture in order to create a distinctly religious modernism. Martha M. F. Kelly contends that, beyond mere themes, these writers developed an entire poetics that drew on liturgical tradition. Specifically, Russian Orthodoxy held out the possibility of unifying spirit and matter, as well as a host of other dichotomies—subject and object, empirical and irrational, noumena and phenomena. The artist could produce a work of transformative and regenerative power. Using a range of crossdisciplinary tools, Kelly reads key works by Blok, Kuzmin, Akhmatova, and Pasternak in ways that illustrate how profoundly religious traditions and ideas shaped Russian modernist literature.



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