The Transcendent Power of the Image: Marina Cvetaeva's Vision of Russian Icons and the Mother of God in the 1910s - early 1920s

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Abstract

The article explores Cvetaeva’s treatment of the image of the Mother of God in the
light of the re-discovery of Russian medieval icons in the 1910s-20s. It highlights
Cvetaeva’s links with intellectual and aesthetic trends of the modernist period and
argues that Cvetaeva’s iconophilic outlook was shaped by the debates on the
representation of Russian cultural identity and history as manifested in artistic and
literary works of the 1910s-20s. The article demonstrates that Pavel Florenskij and
Vladimir Solov’ev influenced Cvetaeva’s treatment of sacred visual images and
religious themes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539–563
JournalRussian Literature
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2013

Keywords

  • Cvetaeva
  • Russian icons
  • Religious themes
  • Modernism

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