Omry Ronen (1937–2012) was a world-renowned scholar of Russian literature and an inspiring teacher. His most influential work focused on historical and descriptive poetics, metrics, structural analysis of verse and prose, Russian Modernist poetry, and particularly the work of Osip Mandelstam. He also studied Alexander Pushkin’s poetics, subtextual interpretive strategies, the poetry of the OBERIU, the work of Vladimir Nabokov and the problems of literary multilingualism, the picaresque in Russian literature, popular fiction and science fiction, children’s literature, intersemiotic transposition in the arts, literature and cinema, the history of Russian formalism and structuralism, twentieth-century Ukrainian poetry, and the history and theory of Russian Symbolism, Acmeism, and Futurism.
This volume honors Omry Ronen’s memory and scholarly legacy with ten essays by his former students Karen Evans-Romaine, Sara Feldman, Susanne Fusso, Julie Hansen, Kelly E. Miller, Nancy Pollak, Irena Ronen, Stephanie Sandler, Timothy D. Sergay, and Michael Wachtel. The volume also contains an introduction by Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov.