Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Russian poet, painter, and playwright Elena Guro builds on the Futurist concept of the liberation of the word, extending it to the sphere of meaning construction. She points out that the current construction of meaning demands a humanitarian and moral price. Modernity affirms hierarchical constructions that privilege the strong over the weak, the visible over the invisible, the man-made over the natural. Guro locates the potential for subversion in the subjective gaze of the dreamer, the scatterbrain, the mentally ill, the feminine, and the natural. These categories are not equivalent, yet they share one important feature: they are overlooked by the mainstream narrative because they are considered marginal and “weak”. By tracing the visual in Guro’s oeuvre, I will reassemble the ethical project behind her aesthetic work, demonstrating her belief in the revolutionary potential of the poetic gaze.
Wardlaw, Shelby Ruth, "Embodied Word, Disembodied Woman: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Elena Guro" (2016). Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 32.