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The Last Soviet Avant-Garde By Graham Roberts (University of Surrey)

The Last Soviet Avant-Garde by Graham Roberts (University of Surrey)

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This is a comprehensive study of a group of avant-garde Soviet writers who styled themselves OBERIU, 'The Association for Real Art'. Graham Roberts examines the work of OBERIU members in relation to the theories of formalists and the Bakhtin circle, and the wider movements of modernism and postmodernism.

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The Last Soviet Avant-Garde: OBERIU - Fact, Fiction, Metafiction by Graham Roberts (University of Surrey)

This is a comprehensive study of a group of avant-garde Soviet writers active in Leningrad in the 1920s and 1930s who styled themselves OBERIU, 'The Association for Real Art'. Graham Roberts re-examines commonly held assumptions about OBERIU, its identity as a group, its aesthetics and its place within the Russian and European literary traditions. He focuses on the prose and drama of group members Daniil Kharms, Aleksandr Vvedensky, and Konstantin Vaginov; he also considers work by Nikolay Zabolotsky and Igor Bakhterev, as well as the group's most important 'fellow-traveller', Nikolay Oleinikov. He places OBERIU in the context of the aesthetic theories of the Russian formalists and the Bakhtin circle. Roberts concludes by showing how the self-conscious literature of OBERIU - its metafiction - occupies an important transitional space between modernism and postmodernism.

The Last Soviet Avant-Garde Reviews

'... a triumph of postmodern attitudes with regard to the Stalinist past.' The Times Literary Supplement
'This book reveals perhaps for the first time the significance and achievement of a number of writers more of less closely connected with the OBERIU group centred in Leningrad in the late 1920s and the 1930s.' New Theatre Quarterly

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Notes on transliteration and convention; Introduction: OBERIU - the last Soviet avant-garde; 1. Authors and authority; 2. Rereading reading; 3. Language and representation; Conclusion: OBERIU - between modernism and postmodernism?; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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NLS9780521028349
9780521028349
0521028345
The Last Soviet Avant-Garde: OBERIU - Fact, Fiction, Metafiction by Graham Roberts (University of Surrey)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2006-11-02
292
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