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“Falter Not in Practising Tenderheartedness”: Notes on Political Subjectivity in Contemporary Russian Poetry

Russian Studies in Literature. 2018. Vol. 54. No. 1-3. P. 95-119.
Translator: L. Bliss.

In “Falter Not in Practicing Tenderheartedness,” Maria Maiofis argues that the political sphere does not lose autonomy in poetry by the “generation of the 1990s,” since different realities are acquiring primary significance. Contemporary poetry’s reaction to political events is an indispensable part of a wider lyrical reaction of the author/hero who seeks involvement and participation in global events. Maofis concludes by comparing this tendency to the writing of Aleksandr Radishchev.