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Crossing the Border

A Comparative Study of the Forest in the Poems of Gennadij Ajgi and in the Actions of Kollektivnye Dejstvija

Roberta Sala    Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    

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In my article, I provide a comparative analysis of the forest in the production of the Russian poet Gennadij Ajgi (1934-2006) and in the performances of the artistic group Kollektivnye Dejstvija Коллективные Действия  (Collective Actions, 1976-89). Relying on the principles of environmental ethics, I stress the creative value of marginality, related to both the neutral space of the forest in Soviet ideologized society and the selected authors’ exclusion from the official culture. Besides, I focus on the deep transformation of the lyrical subject who, by crossing the forest border, establishes a creative dialogic exchange with nature.

Pubblicato
05 Luglio 2023
Accettato
03 Aprile 2023
Presentato
02 Marzo 2023
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Gennadij AjgiKollektivnye DejstvijaForestBorderSoviet metanarrative

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