Kornelii Zelinskii

Zelinskii, Kornelii Liutsianovich

 

Born Jan. 6 (18), 1896, in Moscow; died there Feb. 25, 1970. Soviet literary scholar and critic, doctor of philological sciences (1964).

Zelinskii graduated from Moscow University in 1918 and began publishing immediately thereafter. One of the organizers and theoreticians of the constructivist group, he later criticized this movement (the article “The End of Constructivism,” 1930). From 1948 to 1969, with interruptions, he was a senior research associate at the M. Gorky Institute of World Literature. Zelinskii’s work deals with topics in both Soviet and foreign literatures. He did much for the study of the literatures of the peoples of the USSR. In 1960 he published On the Border of Two Epochs: Literary Meetings of 1917–20. Zelinskii was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and medals.

WORKS

Poeziia kak smysl. Moscow, 1929.
Protsess protiv tekh, iz-za kogo bolen mir. (“Zhizn’ Klima Samgina”). Moscow, 1931.
Kriticheskie pis’ma, books 1–2. Moscow, 1932–34.
Dzhambul. Moscow, 1955.
Dmitrii Gulia. Moscow, 1956. (With Kh. S. Bgazhba.)
Oktiabr’ i natsional’nye literatury. Moscow, 1967.
V izmeniaiushchemsia mire: Portrety, ocherki, esse. Moscow, 1969.

REFERENCES

Parkhomenko, M. “Mnogonatsional’noe edinstvo.” Druzhba narodov, 1959, no. 3.
Dychko, D. “Na rubezhe dvukh epokh” (review). Zvezda, 1960, no. 3.
Katanian, V. “O sochinenii memuarov.” Novyi mir, 1964, no. 5.
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In 1934, in the preface to Grin's Fantasticheskie novelly [Fantastic novels] (Moscow: Sovetskii Pisatel'), the critic and former ideologist of Constructivism, Kornelii Zelinskii, coined the term' Grinlandia' for Grin's imaginary country, drawing on the phonetic similarity between 'grin' and' green' of Greenland (Grinlandia in Russian).