Learning to see the world : Pasternak and Rilke, 1911-1931

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"Learning to See the World: Pasternak and Rilke 1911-1931" investigates the relationship between Boris Pasternak and Rainer Maria Rilke through an innovative approach to the question of poetic influence. Rather than concentrating on intertextual dialog or formal similarities in their works, this dissertation tracks fundamental changes in poetic perception introduced by Rilke, and argues that Pasternak used a Rilkean perspective to construct his own poetic universe. Although the two poets' common approach to the question of seeing -- that is, perception -- can be identified with the help of a phenomenological paradigm formulated by Edmund Husserl, their common approach to the subsequent creation of their self-contained poetic worlds is best understood in categories suggested by Martin Heidegger. The trajectory of Pasternak's development, traced in select examples from his earliest poems and translations from Rilke to Safe Conduct, includes several crucial stages. It begins with Pasternak's experimentation with new forms of representing his unique artistic vision early in his career; culminates in his synthesizing this vision into a coherent whole in his mature works; and comes to a conclusion in attempts by Pasternak to reconstruct and protect the world's unity, which was shaken by the violence of the Russian Civil War, and crumbled under the pressures of the communist authoritarian regime. By tracing this trajectory, I show how Pasternak's distinct vision of the world and its representation in his writings were shaped in dialogue with Rilke, in spite of, and indeed because of radical differences in their poetics.


Type of resource text
Form electronic; electronic resource; remote
Extent 1 online resource.
Publication date 2011
Issuance monographic
Language English


Associated with Gruen, Ilja, Mr
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Primary advisor Greenleaf, Monika, 1952-
Thesis advisor Greenleaf, Monika, 1952-
Thesis advisor Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich
Thesis advisor Safran, Gabriella, 1967-
Advisor Gumbrecht, Hans Ulrich
Advisor Safran, Gabriella, 1967-


Genre Theses

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Statement of responsibility Ilja Gruen.
Note Submitted to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2011
Location electronic resource

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© 2011 by Ilja Gruen
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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