Two Hundred Years of Pushkin, Volume II

Alexander Pushkin: Myth and Monument


Editors: Robert Reid and Joe Andrew
Pushkin’s status as the founding father of Russian literature owes much to his stylistic and linguistic innovations across a wide range of literary genres. But equally important is the influence he exerted on his successors via his exploitation of myth in its widest sense. His poetry, prose and drama frequently draw upon myths of classical antiquity, myths of modern European culture – grand narratives such as the Don Juan legend and Dante’s Inferno – as well as uniquely Russian myths, particularly those associated with St Petersburg and its founder Peter the Great. It was through the elaboration of such myths that Russia attained to a sense of both its cultural uniqueness and its inscription in the broader context of European culture. The contributors to Alexander Pushkin: Myth and Monument explore these myths from a variety of critical viewpoints and highlight the specific ways in which Pushkin uses myth – among these his recurrent emphasis on the symbolism of monuments and statuary, famously referred to by Roman Jakobson as Pushkin’s ‘sculptural myth’. Alexander Pushkin: Myth and Monument is the second volume devoted to Pushkin published in the SSLP series, the first being Pushkin’s Secret: Russian Writers Reread and Rewrite Pushkin. A third volume – Pushkin’s Legacy will follow.

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Review Quotes

”…a lot will provoke thought and discussion.” – Brian Horowitz, in: Slavic Review, Vol. 64, No. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 225-6

Table of contents

Preface Notes on Contributors Robert REID: Introduction: Pushkin: Myth and Monument David M. BETHEA: Pushkin’s Mythopoetic Consciousness: Apuleius, Psyche and Cupid, and the Theme of Metamorphosis in Evgenii Onegin. Marguerite PALMER: La Beatrice Nuova: The Process of Tatiana’s Beatificationin Evegenii Onegin Leon BURNETT: Sovereign Rapture: The Enigma of Pushkin’s Cleopatra André G.F. van HOLK: Don-Juanism and Stylistic Code in Pushkin’s The Stone Guest Robin AIZLEWOOD: The Alter Ego and the Stone Guest: Doubling and Redoubling Hermann in The Queen of Spades Tatiana SMOLIAROVA: The Bronze Horseman and the Tradition of Ekphrasis Alexandra SMITH: Pushkin’s Imperial Image of St Petersburg Revisited Michael BASKER: Notes of Confusion: On the Footnotes to The Bronze Horseman Priscilla MEYER: How The Bronze Horseman Was Made William MILLS TODD III: Pushkin’s History of Pugachev and the Experience of Rebellion Robert REID: ‘A Hundred Years Have Passed…’: A Diltheyan Approach in Time in Pushin Index

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