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Kriitik Peeter Pilski eluloome strateegiad
Peter Pilsky’s life-creation strategies

Author(s): Aurika Meimre
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Theory of Literature
Published by: SA Kultuurileht
Keywords: life-creation; Russian Silver Age; pseudonyms; Peter Pilsky;

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the problem of life-creation (zhiznetvorchestvo) on the ­example of Peter Pilsky’s biography. Life-creation was one of the most significant phenomena of the Russian Silver Age, where being an artist meant absolutely no separation between the person and the author (tvorets ’creator’) in him, i.e. between one’s personal and artistic lives. The article shows how the literary and theatre critic Peter Pilsky formed his „external” biography according to the requirements of the time. In conformity with the credo of life-creation Pilsky pursued his own aesthetic canon: to be an educated and interesting man, who is able to live the same kind of life as the artists, writers and others. At the same time Pilsky had his own life-creative strategy: to hide his private life from the public. The article shows how he managed to implement his aesthetic canon and strategy in his biography throughout the pre-revolution period as well as in exile (in Estonia and Latvia).

  • Issue Year: LX/2017
  • Issue No: 08+09
  • Page Range: 651-665
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Estonian