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Nikolai Klyuev
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Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet is the first book in English to examine this enigmatic poet's life and work. Klyuev (1884 1937) is an important but not well understood figure in twentieth century Russian poetry. The allusions in his work to folklore, mysticism, politics, and religion, in addition to occasionally arcane vocabulary and difficult syntax, require extensive elucidation. Klyuev rose to prominence in the early twentieth century as the first of the so called "new peasant poets" before being arrested and exiled in 1933, then shot in 1937: a victim of Stalinist hostility to both his cultural ideology and his homosexuality. Makin’s feat is particularly notable because Klyuev was often elusive in his own accounts of his life; a major element of this book is an effort to clarify the poet’s strategies of self mythologization. Nikolai Klyuev: Time and Text, Place and Poet is an insightful guide to both the life and the work of an important poet still relatively unknown to a Western audience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Note to the Reader
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 1. Lives of the Poet: Klyuev’s Life, as Lived, Imagined, Re-created, and Disputed
  2. pp. 9-72
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  1. 2. Text, Time, and Place: What, When, Where, How, and Why in Klyuev’s Poetics
  2. pp. 73-154
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  1. 3. Texts of Fraternity: Klyuev’s Early Collection Bratskie pesni, Transformation of the Lyric, Popular-Religious Motifs
  2. pp. 155-209
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  1. 4. Prose of Identity and the Identity of Prose :“Gagar’ya sud’bina”—Klyuev’s Prose, Questions of Genre, Problems of Autobiography
  2. pp. 210-230
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  1. 5. Poetry of Destruction and the Destruction of Poetry: Klyuev’s Late Lyric Poetry and the “Razrukha” Cycle
  2. pp. 231-275
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  1. 6. Mother Song: Pesn’ o Velikoi Materi an dOther Poemy
  2. pp. 276-324
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 325-328
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 329-357
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 359-371
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  1. Index of Works by Nikolai Klyuev
  2. pp. 373-385
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 387-393
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