Vyacheslav Ivanov, poet, philosopher and critic, played a key role
in the formation of the early twentieth-century Russian literature
as leader of the religious branch of the Symbolist movement and his
influence spread to Europe after his emigration to Italy in 1924.
Pamela Davidson explores Ivanov's poetic method, relating his art
to his central beliefs (in particular his interpretation of the
ancient Greek religion of Dionysus and of the teachings of Vladimir
Solovyov) and considering the ways in which he attempted to embody
these ideas in his own life. She focuses on Ivanov's interpretation
of Dante and in so doing, opens up fresh perspectives on the wider
question of Russia's relation to the Western cultural tradition and
Catholicism. Detailed analyses of Ivanov's pre-revolutionary poetry
and of his translations from Dante form the basis of the second
part of the study and extensive use is made of unpublished archival
materials from the Soviet Union and Italy.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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