Scholar, satirist, and critic, Andrei Sinyavsky was considered so politically dangerous to the Russian communist regime that he was sentenced to the gulag for seven years. Given the grim political circumstances in which he wrote, it is hardly surprising that many theorists have overlooked the strain of dark humor that runs through many of his writings. The first in-depth examination of Sinyavsky's satirical side, Literary Insinuations: Sorting out Sinyavsky's Irreverance is one of the few English-language works on this brilliant author. Walter Kolonosky combines rich historical detail with close textual analysis to produce a study of playful and provocative writing which ties together many loose ends in Sinyavsky scholarship.
Walter F. Kolonosky is Professor of Russian at Kansas State University. His interest in Russian led him to research in Russian literature of the twentieth century and literary theory, the results of which he has published in theSlavic and East European Journal, Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and the Russian Literature Triquarterly.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Satirists on Trial Chapter 3 Platforms for Satire Chapter 4 Constant Polarities, Scholarship, Ventriloquism Chapter 5 Early Polemics Chapter 6 Sword and Shield: Mayakovsky Chapter 7 Forbidden Themes, Disputation, Autobiography Chapter 8 Beauty and the Beast: An Allegory of Self and Other Chapter 9 Bringing Terts to Paris: New Literary Confrontations Chapter 10 Strolling with Rozanov Chapter 11 Metafiction with Barbs Chapter 12 Fantasy and Folklore Chapter 13 The Wit of a Literary Scholar Chapter 14 The Final Polemic: Targeting the Russian Intelligentsia