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Contents List of illustrations Acknowledgments An Introduction in Three Parts
Chapter 1. Voloshin's Social and Cultural Origins
Chapter 2. The Russian Symbolists and Their Circles
Chapter 3. Voloshin and the Modernist Problem of the Ugly Poetess
Chapter 4. The Koktebel' Dacha Circle
Chapter 5. Insiders and Outsiders, Gossip and Mythology: From Communitas toward Network Node
Chapter 6. Voloshin Carves Power out of Fear
Chapter 7. Voloshin Carves Power, Cont'd, and the Broader Context and Implications of his Activities
Chapter 8. Inside Voloshin's Soviet Circle (and Beyond): Persistence of Structure, Preservation of Anti-structure
Chapter 9. Collapse of a Patronage Network and Voloshin's Death Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index.
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Barbara Walker examines the Russian literary circle, a feature of Russian intellectual and cultural life from tsarist times into the early Soviet period, through the life story of one of its liveliest and most adored figures, the poet Maximilian Voloshin (1877-1932). From 1911 until his death, Voloshin led a circle in the Crimean village of Koktebel' that was a haven for such literary luminaries as Marina Tsvetaeva, Nikolai Gumilev, and Osip Mandelstam. Drawing upon the anthropological theories of Victor Turner, Walker depicts the literary circle of late Imperial Russia as a contradictory mix of idealism and "communitas, " on the one hand, and traditional Russian patterns of patronage and networking, on the other. While detailing the colorful history of Voloshinov's circle in the pre- and postrevolutionary decades, the book demonstrates that the literary circle and its leaders played a key role in integrating the intelligentsia into the emerging ethos of the Soviet state. (source: Nielsen Book Data)