Puskin Today

Puskin Today

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Puskin Today highlights the remarkable variety and compass of a figure who by all accounts is absolutely central to Russian culture, even Russianness itself. A multifaceted writer whose experiments at the boundaries of genre have never been equaled, Alexander Puskin is, moreover, an ever-evolving cultural myth. In this volume a distinguished group of American Slavists address Puskin's writings from a multiplicity of contemporary literary perspectives. Part One introduces Western readers to the wealth of critical methodologies now being applied to the study of Puskin. Chapters focus on a text or texts and a dominant methodology: literature as social institution, reader response criticism, structuralism, intertextuality, psychoanalysis, rhetoric, and cultural mythology. The essays in Part Two broach some of the most puzzling issues in the poet's life and works. The contributors are David M. Bethea, Sergej Davydov, Paul Debreczeny, Caryl Emerson, George Gutsche, William E. Harkins, Simon Karlinsky, Leslie Bell, Daniel Rancour-Laferriere, Stephanie Sandler, J. Thomas Shaw, Victor Terras, William Mills Todd III, and Walter Vickery.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253311616
  • 9780253311610

About David M. Bethea

DAVID M. BETHEA is Vilas Research Professor of and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of Khodasevich: His Life and Art; The Shape of Apocalypse in Modern Russian Fiction; and Joseph Brodsky and the Creation of Exile.show more

Table of contents

Contributors A Note on Transliteration Editions Introduction Part I Puskin: Contemporary Critical Views The Russians TerpsichoreOs Soul-Filled Flight: Dance Themes in Eugene Onegin William Mills Todd III The Queens of Spades and the Open End Caryl Emerson PuskinOs Easter Triptych: Hermit fathers and immaculate women, Imitation of the Italian, and Secular Power Sergej Davydov Bestuzev-MarlinskijOs Journey to Revel and Puskin Simon Karlinsky The Couvade of Peter the Great: A Psychoanalytic Aspect of: The Bronze Horseman Daniel Rancour-Laferriere The Rejected Image: PuskinOs Use of Antenantiosis William E. Harkins The Role of the Eques in PuskinOs Bronze Horseman David M. Bethea Part II Puskin: Text and Context Puskin on His African Heritage: Publication during His Lifetime J. Thomas Shaw Odessa-Watershed Year: Patterns in PuskinsOs Love Lyrics Walter Vickery Through th Magic Crystal to Eugene Onegin Leslie OOBell Solitude and Soliloquy in Boris Godunov Stephanie Sandler Puskin and Nickolas: The Problem of Stanzas George J. Gutsche PuskinOs Reputation in Nineteenth-Century Russia: A Statistical Approach Paul Debreczeny PuskiOs Prose Fiction in a Historical Context Victor Terras Notes Works Cited Indexshow more