764-W174 Part A

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764-W174

PartA

PersonalThoughts

It’sNo Good: Poems/Essays/Actionsis a collection of selected poems and political essays from KirillMedvedev’s works. Medvedev uses this piece to capture thepolitical, social, and economic situation of Russia under the regimeled by Vladimir Putin. Medvedev’s book is divided into three parts.The first part is entitled “My Fascism.” This part describes thepolitical and cultural failures of Russia (Medvedev, 2012). Thesecond part is “Literature and Sincerity.” This part looks at thebenefits and perils of the spirit of “new sincerity” in theRussian literature. The last part is “Dmitry Kuzmin, a Memoir.”In this part, Medvedev provides an in depth memoir of the works of aMoscow poet (Medvedev, 2012). In It’sNo Good: Poems/Essays/Actions, Medvedevshows that his political essays and poetry can never be separated. Heseems to suggest that is important for poetry to mirror the politicalsituation of its context. Poetry should thus be used to enhancesolidarity, and not subjectivity.

PotentialQuestions

1.In “My Fascism,” how does Medvedev present the political andcultural rot of the Russian society under Putin?

2.As far as Medvedev is concerned, poetry is “that authentic way ofseeing.” Do you agree with him? If yes, how does this happen?

3.How does Medvedev relate sincerity with literature? Explain using theRussian context.

4.Medvedev has written a lot about “New Sincerity” in his book.What does this new literary movement mean and how is it important tothe modern society? Are Medvedev’s ideas on “New Sincerity”genuine or not?

5.What does Medvedev think about Dmitry Kuzmin? It the way Kuzminpresented justifiable? If no, please say why.

6.According to Medvedev, what is represented by Kuzmin’s activities?How relevant are the activities and how can they be applied in thecontext of the modern society?

PartB

Comments

Thedefinition of the civil society that the author has adopted in hispaper is not all-encompassing. Is it true that the members of thecivil society come together to advance their common interests? Inmost cases, civil societies represent the less fortunate andmarginalized members of the society. Therefore, saying that thesesocieties come together to meet their own interests is amisconception. The authorarguesthat the rise of civil societies can be attributed to globalizationand modernity. Does this mean that civil societies have not existedin the past? The author should come out clearly and say what hemeans. It is certain that civil societies have played an integralpart in the history of humanity. Therefore, treating them as productsof modernity may not make sense.

Docivil societies have a voice in totalitarian societies? This is oneof the most important things that the author forgot to talk about inhis essay. Most totalitarian societies do not recognize civilsocieties. They consider them as the instruments of the opposition.The author talks of the connection between democratic societies andcivil societies. However, he has not specified this kind ofconnection. Is he implying that civil societies are products ofdemocracy? Whatever the author means here does not come out clearly.The author of the paper also observes that civil societies play adirect role in the decision making process at the global level. Isthat true? If true, the author should have given examples in order tosubstantiate his claims. The author as well notes that civilsocieties have enhanced transparence and accountability on theinternational developments. How has this happened? The author shouldhave specified how exactly the civil societies play this role.

Reference:

Medvedev,K. (2012). It’sNo Good: Poems/Essays/Actions.Trans. Keith Gessen, Mark Krotov, Cory Merrill, and Bela Shayevich.N+1/Ugly Duckling Press: Brooklyn, NY.

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