Osip Mandel'shtam (1891-1938) is considered by many to have been the best Russian poet of his era, and he also wrote a number of critical essays, often considered to be almost impenetrable. Elena Glazov-Corrigan analyses Mandel'shtam's thoughts on poetry and art in the context of the major Postmodern literary debates, and traces their development throughout his writings. This is an attempt to describe in a comprehensive way Mandel'shtam's intellectual world and its effect on his evolution as a thinker - specifically, on differences in his attitude towards language. This approach shows that from the 1920s to the 1930s, a definite development takes place in
Elena Glazov-Corrigan is Professor of Modern Languages at St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.