Artis Ostups (University of Latvia, University of Tartu)


Artis Ostups is a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia and a doctoral student at the University of Tartu, where he is also a member of the Narrative, Culture, Cognition research group. He studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and Charles University in Prague. His dissertation examines the heterogeneity of historical time in contemporary Latvian fiction. Ostups is also interested in modernist and contemporary poetry. He is the author of four collections of poetry.

Presentist Approach to Post-Soviet Modernism: The Case of Arvis Viguls

This paper addresses the contemporary Latvian poetry of the 21st century, where modernism is still an unfinished project. Arvis Viguls (born 1987), in his four collections of poems, seeks to free his work from postmodern irony to revitalize late modernist poetics. His third collection, The Book (2018), is rich in intertextuality that could be linked to a melancholic vision of history.