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A History of Russian Women's Writing 1820–1992$
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Catriona Kelly

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159643.001.0001

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Elena Shvarts (1948– )

Elena Shvarts (1948– )

(p.411) 15 Elena Shvarts (1948– )
A History of Russian Women's Writing 1820–1992

Catriona Kelly

Oxford University Press

It was only in 1990 when Elena Shvarts was able to publish a collection of her written works in Russia. However, she was able previously to publish a number of Western publications and poetry readings, which helped establish her reputation as being a boldly imaginative and accomplished Russian poet. This chapter discusses Shvarts' different literary techniques, including her unique use of approximate rhyme and short lyrics. As a writer, Shvarts can be described as the most sexually explicit woman since Marina Tsvetaeva, and she also has a powerful laconism similar to Tsvetaeva's.

Keywords:   1990, Elena Shvarts, Russia, imagination, approximate rhyme, short lyrics, sexually explicit, Marina Tsvetaeva, laconism

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