Reference Guide to Russian Literature

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Konstantin Konstantinovich Vaginov 1899-1934
Poet and prose writer

Biography

Born Konstantin Konstantinovich Vagengeim in St Petersburg, 16 April 1899. Attended Gurevich Gymnasium, 1908-17; studied law at St Petersburg University, 1917-18; Poetry Seminar, Dom iskusstv, 1921; State Institute for the History of the Arts, 1923-26. Served in the Red Army, 1918-22. First publication in 1921; full-time writer from 1921. Married: Aleksandra Fedorov in 1926. Associated with the literary groups Abbatstvo gaerov, Kol'tso poetov, Zvuchashchaia rakovina, Tsekh poetov, Soiuz poetov, Ostrovitiane, Emotsionalisty, OBERIU. Died of tuberculosis in Leningrad, 26 April 1934.


Publications

Collected Editions

Sobranie stikhotvorenii, edited by Leonid Chertkov. Munich, Sagner, 1982.

Kozlinaia pesn'. Trudy i dni Svistonova.Bambochada [ The Satyr Song.The Work and Days of Svistonov. Bambochada], edited by Tat'iana Nikol'skaia. Moscow, 1989.

Kozlinaia pesn'. Romany [ The Satyr Song], edited by Tat'iana Nikol'skaia . Moscow, 1991.


Poetry

Puteshestvie v khaos [ A Journey into Chaos]. Petrograd, 1921; reprinted, Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1978.

Stikhi. Leningrad, 1926; reprinted Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1978.

Opyty soedineniia slov posredstvom ritma [ Experiments in Connecting Words Through Rhythm]. Leningrad, 1931; reprinted Moscow, 1991.


Fiction

Kozlinaia pesn' [ The Satyr Song]. Leningrad, 1928; reprinted New York, Serebriannyi vek, 1978.

Trudy i dni Svistonova [ The Works and Days of Svistonov]. Leningrad, 1929; reprinted New York, Serebriannyi vek, 1984.

Bambochada. Leningrad, 1931.

Garpagoniada. Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1983.


Critical Studies

"Left Art in Leningrad: The OBERIU Declaration", by Robin Milner-Gulland , Oxford Slavonic Papers, 3 ( 1970), 65-75.

"Petrogradskie bibliofily.Po stranitsam satiricheskikh romanov K. Vaginova", by Ivan Martynov and A. Blium, Al'manakh bibliofilov, 4 ( 1977), 217-35.

"La letteratura e la vita nel romanze di Vaginov", by L. Paleari, Rassegne Sovietica, 5 ( 1981), 153-70.

"Literatura kak okhrannaia gramota", by Dmitrii Segal, Slavica Hierisolymitana, 5-6 ( 1981), 151-244.

"Poezijia Konstantina Vaginova", by Leonid Chertkov, in Vaginov's Sobranie stikhotvorenii, 1982, 213-30.

"K.K. Vaginov: Kanva biografii i tvorchestva", by Tat'iana Nikol'skaia , in Chetvertye Tynianovskie chteniia: Tezisy dokladov i materialy dlia obsuzhdeniia, Riga, 1988, 67-88.

"Discrowning the Writer: Konstantin Vaginov", by David Shepherd , in his Beyond Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in Soviet Literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1992, 90-121.

The Last Soviet Avant-Garde: OBERIU — Fact, Fiction, Metafiction, by Graham Roberts, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Bibliography

Bibliography, by Tat'iana Nikol'skaia, in Chetvertye Tynianovskie chteniia: Tezisy dokladov i materialy dlia obsuzhdeniia, Riga, 1988, 83-88.

Konstantin Vaginov's life and career can be taken as broadly representative of the experience of an entire generation of Russian writers, educated in the last decades of tsarist Russia, yet forced to make a career in the radically different social and cultural atmosphere of Soviet power. Between 1921 and 1934, Vaginov participated in a series of literary groups that span the history of post-Symbolist literature in St Petersburg, from Ego-Futurism to Acmeism, expressionism to imaginism, absurdism to the literature of fact and the "social demand." In this frenzied search for a new poetics, we can observe the response of Vaginov's generation to the political and artistic crisis of the avant-garde in the 1920s: was it possible for the avant-garde to serve both the modernist and the political revolution? If Vaginov's early poetry attempts to assimilate and synthesize characteristic elements of Symbolism (language and themes), Acmeism (attitude towards cultural tradition, architectural images), and Futurism (phonetic experiment), all of his writings show an awareness of the political revolution's threat to traditional culture.

The early poetry of Puteshestvie v khaos [ A Journey into Chaos] is characterized by emphatic musicality and sound orchestration, imagery motivated more by phonetic resem

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  • Reference Guide to Russian Literature *
  • Contents *
  • Editor's Note vii
  • Advisers xi
  • Contributors xi
  • Alphabetical List of Writers and Works xiii
  • Alphabetical List of Works xix
  • Chronological List of Writers xxiii
  • General Reading List xxvii
  • Chronology xxxv
  • Glossary xxxix
  • Introductory Essays *
  • Old Russian Literature 3
  • Pre-Revolutionary Russian Theatre 9
  • Russian Literature in the I8th Century 13
  • Aleksandr Pushkin: from Byron to Shakespeare 18
  • The Classic Russian Novel 25
  • The Superfluous Man in Russian Literature 29
  • Women's Writing in Russia 35
  • Russian Literary Theory: from the Formalists to Lotman 40
  • Post-Revolutionary Russian Theatre 45
  • Experiment and Emigration: Russian Literature, 1917-1953 49
  • Socialist Realism in Soviet Literature 55
  • Thaws, Freezes, and Wakes: Russian Literature, 1953-1991 59
  • Russian Literature in the Post-Soviet Period 64
  • Writers and Works *
  • A 73
  • B 127
  • C 213
  • D 237
  • E 271
  • F 297
  • G 311
  • H 379
  • I 389
  • K 413
  • L 485
  • M 521
  • N 559
  • O 585
  • P 611
  • R 685
  • S 707
  • T 789
  • U 859
  • V 861
  • Y 897
  • Z 899
  • Title Index 933
  • Notes on Advisers and Contributors 963
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