Towards a lyric phenomenology: ‘The beginnings of truly human poetry’ and Zhukovskii’s elegiac imagination
Slavonic and East European Review
Modern Humanities Research Association
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Tapp, A. (2019). Towards a lyric phenomenology: ‘The beginnings of truly human poetry’ and Zhukovskii’s elegiac imagination. Slavonic and East European Review, 97 (3), 401-425. https://doi.org/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.97.3.0401
This article suggests that Vasilii Zhukovskii’s ‘Sel'skoe kladbishche’, his 1802 translation of Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard’, offers a way of understanding the transition from eighteenth to nineteenth century literary culture as a shift from isolated or individual consciousness towards an open or communicative subjectivity. We can place ‘Sel'skoe kladbishche’ at the inception of a lyric phenomenology, where lyric becomes an extension of consciousness and cognition. The discussion privileges hope as the forward- and outward-looking sentimental structure that underlies this communicative subjectivity. Close reading of the poem dwells on sound as a medium negotiating between world and poetry, between impression and expression. Zhukovskii’s poetic practice is contextualised amid German idealist philosophy: his engagement with this body of work before and after ‘Sel'skoe kladbishche’ is shown to inform and elaborate on the lyric subjectivity that defines his elegiac imagination.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.97.3.0401
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