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Advanced Readings in Modern Mongolian Poetry
Catalog Number CEUS-U 520
György Kara

Traditional and new forms and topics of in Mongolian poetry in the early 20th century. The role of alliteration, stress and intonation. Verse, prose and prose vers. Problems of reading Early Modern and Modern Mongolian poetry: the prosody hidden in Mongolian script or Cyrillic script orthography. Old and new genres and themes. Oral (folk) and written poetry. Buyannemekü’s theory of poetry. Dashdorji’s son Natsugdorji (1906-1937), one of the founders of the new literature in Mongolia. Editions of his oeuvre, textological problems. Revolution, patriotism and nationalism. The so-called "socialist realism" and "socialist content in national form.".Politicized literature, censorship, schematism, literature and folklore in the service of the ruling party and its ideology; exceptions. Translations of European literature, their role in transmitting new forms and ideas. The early dramas and musical dramas. The ‘Three Fateful Hills" of Natsugdorji. Some of its verses reaching folk poetry. Its later reworking by Ts. Damdinsurung to become the text for a national opera. Verses written by Natsugdorj while in prison: longing for freedom. His "Historical Poem." His lyric sketches. His didactic poems about modern medicine.

Reading, interpretation and analysis of his texts in modern Cyrillic transcription.

L. K. Gerasimovich, History of Modern Mongolian Literature 1921-1964 (Bloomington, 1970)
C. R. Bawden, Mongolian Traditional Literature, An Anthology (London, New York, Bahrein: Kegan Paul, 2003)
C. R. Atwood, Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire (New York: Facts on File, 2004)
Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj, Dzokhioluud (Ulaanbaatar, 1961, etc.)
S. Lochin, D. Natsagdorjiin dzokhiolîn ekh bichgiin sudlalîn asuudald (Ulaanbaatar, 1984), etc.