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Title:Zinaida Vengerova: The aesthetic of the incarnation of the unincarnated
Author(s):Neginsky, Rosina
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Pachmuss, Temira A.
Department / Program:Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
Discipline:Slavic Language and Literature
Literature, Slavic and East European
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Language and Literature
Literature, Slavic and East European
Abstract:My dissertation is dedicated to the symbolist-critic Zinaida Vengerova. I focus not only on the work of Vengerova as a critic, her primary public role, but also on her writing which demonstrates her conception and dedication to the Russian Symbolist world view as uniquely expressed by her use of characteristic symbols.
The symbolistic view of existance, both earthly and other-earthly, recognizes in earthly reality, symbols that represent elements of the divine, which serve as a bridge between the two worlds. For Russian Symbolists, these symbols included beauty, the embodiment of divine goodness in human beliefs and deeds, and the refinement of the human soul in emulation of the divine spirit. The soul contained the seeds of divine goodness and their propagation is the ethical precept at the Symbolist foundation of individual goodness and the collective welfare of earthly human society.
Vengerova's unique contribution to the Russian Symbolist movement, which began at the turn of the century, envisioned Symbolist ideas in all great literature. In writers as divergent as Shakespeare, Meredith and Dostoevski she finds evidence of Symbolist beauty and elements of divinity of soul in the lives and spirits of their characters. She sees across much of Western and Russian literature, attempts to incarnate the unincarnated--those elements of divine reality, beauty of soul and spirit as demonstrated by love, generosity and creativity--which must serve as a model for human behavior and feeling. She measures an artist's success by the extent to which he embodies this beauty, in form and content, in his work.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Neginsky, Rosina
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210936
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210936

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