A Contemporary Russian Structuralist A review of Boris Uspensky, Poetics of Composition: The Structure ofthe Artistic Text and Typology of a Compositional Form, translated by Valentina Zavarin and Susan Wittig (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1973); XVIII + 181; jj 9.00. As the translators teil us, Boris Uspensky, born in 1937, is a young member of the Russian Structuralists and has been trained principally in linguistics. He has published Principles ofStructural Typology, translated to English in 1968, and books in Russian on African languages, Old Church Slavic, stress in Russian canonic names, and common structural characteristics in different art forms. In addition, he has written articles -- most of them in Russian but a few translated into Italian, French, and English -- on linguistics, rhetoric, semiotics, iconography, myth, and literary structuralism. Uspensky became associated in 1962 with agroup of young Moscow scholars in semiotics who were joined in 1964 by Yury Lotman from the University of Tartu in Estonia where the first of a series of summer symposia on structuralism was held in that year. Semeiotika, a Journal published at Tartu, is the principal organ for these Russian Structuralists. To date, western scholars writing in
Journal of Literary Semantics – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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