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The Perception of the World Cinematography in J. Brodsky’s Works

Student: Anastasiia Senchenko

Supervisor: Maria M. Gelfond

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities (Nizhny Novgorod)

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2017

After the process of close-reading of Brodsky’s essays and poetry it occurred that in many works by this poet a reader can find some reminiscences to cinematograph. Therefore, the hypothesis was the following: Brodsky watched some films and reflected them in his poetry because cinematograph was a significant part of his generation. In comparison with the literature of the previous generations this fact appeared to be unusual and unique. Many authors started to speak about the films in their works, to use some cinematographic methods in their texts’ construction, etc. The first step was to explore how frequent the references to cinematograph in Brodsky’s poetry were to ascertain the appropriateness of the hypothesis. The second part of the research is based on bibliographical material connected to the chosen issue: in addition to the poetic texts there is a large amount of interviews and essays where the information is first-person and, therefore, purports to be objective. Using the information gathered, a list of possibly significant films was created. The third part of the research was targeted on close-reading of Brodsky’s poetry in order to discover unobvious reminiscences and citations from the cinematographic texts. The list of gathered films was divided into seven different categories according to the country of origin, which also deals with the styles and genres of the films, and level of their importance for the poet. These are soviet films, “trophy” films, Polish cinematograph, Italian films, Japanese films, American westerns and soviet television reports.

Full text (added May 29, 2017)

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