By Mikhail N. Epstein
This e-book brings jointly for the 1st time in English the main writings of Mikhail Epstein, considered one of post-Soviet Russia's so much in demand theoreticians of cultural reviews and postmodernism. Written from a non-Western viewpoint but educated through a familiarity with Western literary thought, it bargains a clean, lucid standpoint at the postcommunist literary scene in addition to a realistic and theoretical advent to the hot self-discipline of Russian "culturology." After the longer term is additionally the 1st publication to include the improvement of latest Russian tradition in the framework of postmodernism, an idea whose program has been formerly restricted to the West.
The 4 sections of the ebook - Literature, Ideology, tradition, and technique - mirror the interdisciplinary diversity of postmodernism in modern Russia. Epstein explores such influential new trends in Russian literature as conceptualism, metarealism, "rear-garde" and discusses the formation of a post-Marxist ideological milieu characterised by means of a paradoxical mix of relativistic and totalitarian patterns.
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As Dionysius the Areopagite allowed a hint of the divine to resonate in the empty space between God's negative attributes, so does a sense of something universal emerge from the potential space that Epstein calls transculture. Culturology and Transculture Epstein proposes continualism as a metamethodology for interconnecting the humanitarian disciplines and unifying their intellectual missions under the rubric of culturology. " This ideal is seen as providing the integrating matrix within which isolated parts congeal by extending their arenas of self-consciousness to incorporate one another into a collective entity.
In the mid-eighties he became the critic-champion of what he calls the first "whole generation of poets" to coalesce in Russia since the 1960s. He wrote ardently and often about the conceptualist poets, attempting to explain to readers the theoretical and aesthetic significance of verse that seemed trivial yet shocking to some, offensive and blasphemous to others. At a time when Russian traditionalists were gathering public support for the preservation of churches and other monuments of the past, Epstein came out in favor of experimentation and the creation of new monuments, worthy of preservation for the future.
Such an assertion clearly calls on scholars to broaden the scope of serious inquiry even as we advocate a cultural life worthy of a future in the new millennium. Page 17 PART I LITERATURE Page 19 Chapter 1 New Currents in Russian Poetry: Conceptualism, Metarealism, and Presentism As the century ends, we are amazed to find ourselves returning to its beginnings. The poetic currents that were formed in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth centurysymbolism, acmeism, futurismhave unexpectedly reemerged as a new poetic triad: metarealism, presentism, conceptualism.