Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia

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Publication Date
May 2015
Page Count
400 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia

Ilya Vinitsky

The first major study in English of Vasily Zhukovsky (1783–1852)—poet, transla­tor of German romantic verse, and mentor of Pushkin—this book brings overdue attention to an important figure in Russian literary and cultural history. Vinitsky’s “psychological biography” argues that Zhukovsky very consciously set out to create for himself an emotional life reflecting his unique brand of romanticism, different from what we associate with Pushkin or poets such as Byron or Wordsworth. For Zhukovsky, ideal love was harmonious, built on a mystical foundation of spiritual kinship. Vinitsky shows how Zhukovksy played a pivotal role in the evolution of ideas central to Russia’s literary and cultural identity from the end of the eighteenth century into the decades following the Napoleonic Wars.

About the Author

ILYA VINITSKY is a professor in the department of Slavic Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.


“Vinitsky’s study is so complete as to leave little room for questions.... Vasily Zhukovsky’s Romanticism is a fascinating account of a seminal early Russian writer and of the origins of a key Russian cultural practice.” —Slavic Review