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The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb By Katherine Lahti

The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb
by Katherine Lahti

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Late nineteenth-century Russia witnessed a revival of the dithyramb, a poetic form of verse and dance that ancient Greeks performed to summon Dionysus. The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb offers a fascinating recounting of this resurrection and traces the form's surprising influence on Russian identity and art.
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The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb: A Modernist Use of Antiquity by Katherine Lahti

Late nineteenth-century Russia witnessed a revival of the dithyramb, a poetic form of verse and dance that ancient Greeks performed to summon Dionysus. The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb offers a fascinating recounting of this resurrection and traces the form's surprising influence on Russian identity and art in the work of artists, writers, and musicians as varied as Aleksandr Blok, Andrei Bely, Aleksei Remizov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Igor Stravinksy.

Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy and Viacheslav Ivanov's treatise in response, "The Hellenic Religion of the Suffering God," have been considered the foundation of the dithyramb revival, but Katherine Lahti shows Erwin Rohde's Psyche: The Cult of Souls and the Belief in Immortality among the Greeks also to have played a significant role.

Lahti's wide-ranging and expertly curated survey of art, music, and letters includes the poetry and plays of the Symbolists and Futurists, with special attention to The Fairground Booth and Vladimir Mayakovsky: A Tragedy; the theater of Ozarovsky, Meyerhold, and Evreinov; dancing by Isadora Duncan, Nijinsky, and Fokine; and Matisse's canvas The Dance.

Lahti follows the persistence of the dithyramb's popularity after 1917, when it enjoyed a special place in Russian culture during the first years after the Bolshevik Revolution. Demonstrating the influence of the dithyramb on the development of Russian avant-garde culture, this book reshapes our understanding of an extraordinarily dynamic period in Russian art and thought.

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The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb Reviews


Lahti boldly confronts a huge topic that previous scholars have only touched on: the reception of antiquity, which is absolutely central to an understanding of early twentieth century Russian culture. She displays an admirable command of the subject matter throughout, and the full arc of her discoveries is awe-inspiring. This is a major work of scholarship that will attract a wide range of readers, from undergraduates to specialists."" - Michael Wachtel, author of The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Poetry

About Katherine Lahti


Katherine Lahti is an associate professor of modern languages at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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GOR010214218
The Russian Revival of the Dithyramb: A Modernist Use of Antiquity by Katherine Lahti
Katherine Lahti
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Northwestern University Press
2018-09-28
440
0810136708
9780810136700
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