It is with great sadness that we, the faculty, students and staff of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures inform you of the sudden passing of our dear colleague, Omry Ronen, on November 1, 2012. View the Memoriam
Omry Ronen was the author of An Approach to Mandel'shtam (Jerusalem, 1983), The Fallacy of the Silver Age in 20th Century Russian Literature (Amsterdam, 1997; Russian version: Serebrianyi vek kak umysel i vymysel, Moscow, 2000, two editions), Poètika Osipa Mandel'shtama (St.Petersburg, 2002), Iz goroda `Enn (St.Petersburg, 2005), Shram (St. Petersburg, 2007), and over one hundred articles on Russian verbal art, literary history and theory, as well as comparative literature. He took part in annotating N.S. Trubetskoy's Letters and Notes (The Hague, 1975; Rus. edition: Moscow, 2004), and co-edited Roman Jakobson's Besedy (1982), and the journals Slavica Hierosolymitana (1977-1981) and Elementa (1997-2000). He served on the editorial board of Philologica (Moscow) and had his own regular essay column "Iz goroda Enn" ("From the Town of NN") in the literary monthly Zvezda (St.Petersburg).
Ronen's explications of Akhmatova, Belyi, Blok, Esenin, Gumilev, Khodasevich, Kuzmin, Maiakovsky, Mandel'shtam, Nabokov, Pasternak, Sologub, Tynianov, and other 20th century writers are generally acknowledged, and quoted in the Russian and Western critical editions of these authors.
His best-known achievement in the field of literary theory and hermeneutics was his original approach to intertextuality and his definition of subtext as a structural constituent of poetic style, which fulfilled not only the referential function as the field of solution of textual semantic riddles and the metalinguistic function of quotational polyphony, but also the poetic function of distanced reiteration, and therefore can be integrated in the general Jakobsonian theory of verbal art.
Professor Ronen's CV [PDF]
Complete Publication Listing [PDF]