Advancing Omry Ronen's Legacy in Russian Literary Studies

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Project leader

Julie Hansen

Project description

The aim of the symposium was to commemorate and celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Professor Omry Ronen, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Professor Ronen was a world-renowned scholar of Russian literature, whose most influential scholarship ranged across many areas: historical and descriptive poetics, metrics, structural analysis of verse and prose, Russian Silver Age poetry, and particularly the work of Osip Mandelstam and Vladimir Nabokov. His erudition was legendary and the energy and brilliance of his work were widely admired. Among the many other topics that his half-dozen books and one hundred-fifty articles dealt with were Pushkin’s poetics, subtextual interpretive strategies, the poetry of the Oberiu, Vladimir Nabokov and the problems of literary multilingualism, the picaresque in Russian literature, popular fiction and science fiction, children’s literature, intersemiotic transposition in the arts, literature and cinema, and the history of Russian formalism and structuralism. Among his ground-breaking works are An Approach to Mandel’stam (1983), The Fallacy of the Silver Age in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (1997), The Poetics of Osip Mandel’shtam (2002), and the three published volumes of his essays, Iz goroda Enn (From the City of Ann) (2005, 2007, 2010). Two additional volumes of his essays, one on poetics and another on Acmeism, were in preparation at the time of his death in November 2012. 

Although he worked in many areas, the symposium will focus on his legacy (and the continuation of that legacy) in three of these:  the poetry of Russia’s Silver Age, which saw the rise of three Modernist movements (Symbolism, Acmeism and Futurism) and also included the work of arguably four of the five greatest Russian poets  of the 20th century (Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva); prosody, poetics and the semantics of verse; and the functions of intertextuality in literature, with particular reference to the work of Mandelstam and Vladimir Nabokov. 

Events in connection to the project

Symposium "Advancing Omry Ronen Legacy in Russian Literary Studies" was held on 1-2 November 2013 at the University of Michigan. Visit event's page for more information.

Major funding source

University of Michigan and travel grant from Rektors resestipendium