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Bethea, David M. 1948-

Overview
Works: 40 works in 185 publications in 3 languages and 10,149 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Illustrated works  Pictorial works  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Publishing director, Editor, Honoree, Other
Classifications: PG3343, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David M Bethea
The shape of apocalypse in modern Russian fiction by David M Bethea( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Khodasevich, his life and art by David M Bethea( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Brodsky and the creation of exile by David M Bethea( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Brodsky, one of the most prominent contemporary American poets, is also among the finest living poets in the Russian language. Nevertheless, his poetry and the crucial bilingual dimension of his poetic world are still insufficiently understood by Western audiences. David Bethea's book responds by addressing several issues: How did the Russian-born Brodsky arrive at his present status as international man of letters and American poet laureate? What sort of implied reader is necessary to understand this poet, who is both steeped in the Russian tradition from Skovoroda to Tsvetaeva and yet capable of speaking in the ("anglicized russophone") cadences of Donne, Auden, and Lowell? Has Brodsky been created by this experience, or has he fashioned this self as a necessary precondition for writing poetry in the first place? Bethea suggests that the key to Brodsky, perhaps the last of the great Russian poets in the "bardic" mode, is in his relation to other, or the Other. Brodsky's master trope turns out to be what Bethea terms "triangular vision," the tendency to mediate a prior model (Dante) with a closer model (Mandelstam) in the creation of a palimpsest-like text in which the poet is implicated as a triangulated hybrid of these earlier incarnations. In separate chapters and through a series of carefully contextualized readings, Brodsky is compared and contrasted to his favorite models: Donne, Auden, Mandelstam, and Tsvetaeva. A final chapter analyzes Brodsky's fundamental differences with Nabokov, the only Russian exile of Brodsky's stature to rival him as a bilingual phenomenon. Various critical paradigms, including Said's "Orientalism," Kristeva's "foreigner" and "semiotic"/"symbolic" orders, Bloom's "anxiety to influence," Gilman's "Jewish self-hatred," Tomashevsky's "biographical legend," and Lipking's "the life of the poet" are used throughout the study as foils to Brodsky's thinking. Joseph Brodsky and the Creation of Exile, the work of a distinguished Slavist and critic, will be of interest to all those who value poetry and who see its practice and study as legitimate interlocutors in postmodern discourse
Puškin today( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Realizing metaphors : Alexander Pushkin and the life of the poet by David M Bethea( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pushkin handbook by David M Bethea( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Contributors to the volume consider Pushkin in terms of his biography; his innovations in the forms of lyric, narrative poem, novel in verse, drama, and fictional prose; his thoughts on history, politics, and literature; the textual challenges of his work; and the problems of translating it. Another major focus is Pushkin's place in the literary and cultural cosmos: his relationship to his Russian predecessors and contemporaries, his responses to other European literature, his role within the traditions of Romanticism and Realism, and his reception and interpretation by readers at various points in history."
The superstitious muse : thinking Russian literature mythopoetically by David M Bethea( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For several decades David Bethea has written authoritatively on the "mythopoetic thinking" that lies at the heart of classical Russian literature, especially Russian poetry. His theoretically informed essays and books have made a point of turning back to issues of intentionality and biography at a time when authorial agency seems under threat of "erasure" and the question of how writers, and poets in particular, live their lives through their art is increasingly moot. The lichnost' (personhood, psychic totality) of the given writer is all-important, argues Bethea, as it is that which combines the specifically biographical and the capaciously mythical in verbal units that speak simultaneously to different planes of being. Pushkin's Evgeny can be one incarnation of the poet himself and an Everyman rising up to challenge Peter's new world order; Brodsky can be, all at once, Dante and Mandelstam and himself, the exile paying an Orphic visit to Florence (and, by ghostly association, Leningrad). This sort of metempsychosis, where the stories that constitute the Ur-texts of Russian literature are constantly reworked in the biographical myths shaping individual writers' lives, is Bethea's primary focus. This collection contains a liberal sampling of Bethea's most memorable previously published essays along with new studies prepared for this occasion
Close encounters : essays on Russian literature by Robert Louis Jackson( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Close Encounters: Essays on Russian Literature combines discussions of ethical, esthetic, and philosophical interest raised by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Gorky, with close analyses of their texts. This book focuses on four thematic configurations: first ("Chance and Fate"), issues of freedom and responsibility, the necessity of free individual expression and yet the limits of will, or self-will; second ("Two Kinds of Beauty"), the unity of moral, esthetic, and spiritual categories, and the quest for the ideal; third ("Critical Perspectives"), examples of the type of commentary that approaches art with a unified ethical and spiritual perspective (Dostoevsky, Gorky, V.I. Ivanov, and the partially dissenting Bakhtin); and fourth ("Poems of Parting"), three poems (works by Tyutchev, Severyanin, and Pushkin) involving parting, loss, and recovery."--Publisher's website
Russian literature and the West : a tribute for David M. Bethea( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and Russian and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sochinenii︠a︡ : kommentirovannoe izdanie by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin( Book )

in Russian and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pushkinskai︠a︡ konferent︠s︡ii︠a︡ v Stėnforde 1999 : materialy i issledovanii︠a︡( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in Russian and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boris Godunov by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in Russian and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play about the tragic reign of the czar, Boris Godunov
The real life of Pierre Delalande : studies in Russian and comparative literature to honor Alexander Dolinin( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American contributions to the 15th International Congress of Slavists : Minsk, August 2013 by Christina Y Bethin( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puškinskaja konferencija v Stėnforde 1999 : materialy i issledovanija by Issues of Translation, East-West Dialogue (1999, Stanford, Calif.) International Conference Alexander Pushkin and Humanistic Study: Methodological Assumptions( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in Russian and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russian literature and the West : a tribute for David M. Bethea( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and Russian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The real life of Pierre Delalande : studies in Russian and comparative literature to honor Alexander Dolinin( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and Russian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The real life of Pierre Delalande : studies in Russian and comparative literature to honor Alexander Dolinin( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in Russian and English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American contributions to the 14th International congress of Slavists, Ohrid, September 2008 by International Congress of Slavists( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sočinenija by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Russian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Joseph Brodsky and the creation of exile
Alternative Names
Betea, Dėvid 1948-

Betea, Dėvid M.

Betea, Dėvid M. 1948-

Bethea, D. M. 1948-

Bethea, David

Bethea, David 1948-

Bethea, David M.

Bethea, David McLeod 1948-

Бетеа, Дэвид М 1948-

Languages
English (126)

Russian (27)

Italian (1)

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Joseph Brodsky and the creation of exilePuškin todayRealizing metaphors : Alexander Pushkin and the life of the poetThe Pushkin handbookThe superstitious muse : thinking Russian literature mythopoeticallyRussian literature and the West : a tribute for David M. BetheaSochinenii︠a︡ : kommentirovannoe izdanieBoris Godunov