Snapshots of the Soul: Photo-Poetic Encounters in Modern Russian Culture (Hardcover)

Snapshots of the Soul: Photo-Poetic Encounters in Modern Russian Culture By Molly Thomasy Blasing Cover Image
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Snapshots of the Soul considers how photography has shaped Russian poetry from the early twentieth century to the present day. Drawing on theories of the lyric and the elegy, the social history of technology, and little-known archival materials, Molly Thomasy Blasing offers close readings of poems by Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Joseph Brodsky, and Bella Akhmadulina, as well as by the late and post-Soviet poets Andrei Sen-Sen'kov, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, and Kirill Medvedev, to understand their fascination with the visual language, representational power, and metaphorical possibilities offered by the camera and the photographic image.

Within the context of long-standing anxieties about the threat that visual media pose to literary culture, Blasing finds that these poets were attracted to the affinities and tensions that exist between the lyric or elegy and the snapshot. Snapshots of the Soul reveals that at the core of each poet's approach to writing the photograph is the urge to demonstrate the superior ability of poetic language to capture and convey human experience.

About the Author

Molly Thomasy Blasing is Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Kentucky. Follow her on Twitter @mtblasing.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501753695
ISBN-10: 150175369X
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2021
Pages: 328
Language: English