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Author Turoma, Sanna

Title Brodsky abroad : empire, tourism, nostalgia / Sanna Turoma

Publ Info Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  PG3479.4.R64 T87 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xi, 292 pages ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-283) and index
"Expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and honored with the Nobel Prize fifteen years later, poet Joseph Brodsky in many ways fit the grand tradition of exiled writer. But Brodsky's years of exile did not render him immobile: though he never returned to his beloved Leningrad, he was free to travel the world and write about it. In Brodsky Abroad, Sanna Turoma discusses Brodsky's poems and essays about Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, and Italy. Challenging traditional conceptions behind Brodsky's status as a leading emigre poet and major descendant of Russian and Euro-American modernism, she relocates the analysis of his travel texts in the context of contemporary travel and its critique. Turoma views Brodsky's travel writing as a response not only to his exile but also to the postmodern and postcolonial landscape that initially shaped the writing of these texts." "In his Latin American encounters, Brodsky exhibits disdain for third-world politics and invokes the elegiac genre to reject Mexico's postcolonial reality and to ironically embrace the romanticism of an earlier Russian and European imperial age. In an essay on Istanbul he assumes Russia's ambiguous position between East and West as his own to negotiate a distinct, and controversial, interpretation of Orientalism. And Venice, the emblematic tourist city, becomes the site for a reinvention of his lyric self as more fluid, hybrid, and cosmopolitan." "Brodsky Abroad reveals the poet's previously uncharted trajectory from alienated dissident to celebrated man of letters and offers new perspectives on the geopolitical, philosophical, and linguistic premises of his poetic imagination." ""Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, Brodsky Abroad takes works of the leading representatives of post-colonial and postmodern theory and applies them creatively to Brodsky's travel writings before and after exile to the West."---David M. Bethea University of Wisconsin-Madison"
""Instead of focusing on Brodsky's political martyrdom, Brodsky Abroad brings together concepts of travel and exile, for the well-known reason that Brodsky's emigration facilitated his freedom to travel across the globe."---Bozena Shallcross University of Chicago"--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Brodsky, Joseph, 1940-1996 -- Travel
ISBN 9780299236342 (pbk. : alk. paper)
029923634X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780299236335 (e-book)
0299236331 (e-book)
ISBN/ISSN 40018073122