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By Irina Paperno, Joan Grossman

ISBN-10: 0804722889

ISBN-13: 9780804722889

This booklet analyzes the modernist aesthetic utopia, advancing arguments in regards to the ancient evolution of the Russian literary and cultural culture: that modernism, ostensibly reacting opposed to positivism and realism, assimilated a few of the basic ideas of its archenemy; and that there's a vital continuity among turn-of-the-century modernist aesthetics and Soviet tradition of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

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S. Eliot, with whose work, of course, Beckett was familiar. 139 Even into his later years, and even after much favorable acclaim, Beckett would acknowledge suffering such feelings of frustration, anxiety, and failure.

Approaching language from a perspective totally different from the one that would emerge from logical positivism of the “Vienna Circle,” he sought to reveal and interpret the encrypted, unconscious undercurrents operating in language. His Interpretation of Dreams was published in 1899; and just two years later, in 1901, he published The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, soon followed by Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905). Hugo von Hofmannsthal was another of Vienna’s illustrious intellectuals, a poet and writer of novels, essays, and libretti for some of Richard Strauss’s operas.

117 I think that the stories and novels about which we will be reflecting here confirm this diagnosis. However, the present situation is actually worse than Lukács believed, because language is suffering much more today than it was in the past: constantly threatened by etymological forgetfulness, overcome by commodification, reduced to one-dimensional tonality, and enduring other types of reification; consequently, it has lost much of its power to express this devastation with compelling conviction, using—unchanged—the inherited forms and conventions of literature.

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