Musatov's book is a sequel to his earlier study, Pushkinskaia traditsiia v russkoi poezii pervoi poloviny XX veka: Aleksandr Blok, Sergei Esenin, Vladimir Maiakovsky (Moscow: Prometei, 1991), in which the author examined the Symbolist conception of myth- and life-creating potential of poetry. In his new book, Musatov investigates another trend in Russian twentieth-century lyric poetry, first manifested in Annesnky's verse at teh time of the Symbolist crisis and further developed by Mandel´shtam, Akhmatova, and Pasternak. These poets also shared a particular approach to Pushkin's legacy, and it is this common ground which forms the core of Musatov's book.
Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism: From the Golden Age to the Silver Age . Edited by Boris Gasparov, Robert P. Hughes, and Irina Paperno. California Slavic Studies , vol. 15. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992. 494 pp.
The twenty-three essays in this volume are the product of a conference held at the University of California, Berkeley in May of 1987 to commemorate the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of Pushkin's death. The focus and underlying assumptions of this conference, however, were quite different than those of other conferences held to commemorate the Pushkin jubilee, and consequently the papers themselves are quite different.… Read More
Sam Driver. Puškin: Literature and Social Ideals . New York: Columbia University Press, 1989. xii, 143 pp.
Sam Driver worked many years on this subject, publishing selected parts as articles along the way; now we have the fine result in book form. The word "politics" is not in the title, but this is a study of Pushkin's development as a political, as well as social, thinker. Driver concentrates on the poet's thought after 1828 without neglecting teh earlier, more liberal, sometimes radical political position. Central to his approach is a carefully defined notion of Pushkin's leadership of the "aristocratic party," understood… Read More
Given that the two books here under review both carry forms of the words "Pushkin" and "elegy" in their titles, it is not surprising that they have similar aims: to trace the development of the Russian elegy from the middle of the eighteenth century through the first third or so of the nineteenth. In addition, both books, as products of the newly open cultural climate after glasnost´ and the fall of Soviet communism,… Read More
Efim Kurganov's monograph on the role of the anecdote in Russian literary culture at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries is a welcome addition to Pushkin studies and to the study of Russian literature and culture in general.Read More
The task that the author sets himself here is a doubly difficult if altogether intriguing one. Not only are the literary texts under study in some sense encoded, but they depend for their decoding on sources and traditions which can themselves be arcane, obscure, hermetic. The decoding here ranges over Masonic signs and rituals through calendarology, numerology, cardiology, the Cabala, etc. The whole area of research is a daunting one, especially for those researchers of… Read More
Musatov's book is a sequel to his earlier study, Pushkinskaia traditsiia v russkoi poezii pervoi poloviny XX veka: Aleksandr Blok, Sergei Esenin, Vladimir Maiakovsky (Moscow: Prometei, 1991), in which the author examined the Symbolist conception of myth- and life-creating potential of poetry. In his new book, Musatov investigates another trend in Russian twentieth-century lyric poetry, first manifested in Annesnky's verse at teh time of the Symbolist crisis and further developed by Mandel´shtam, Akhmatova, and Pasternak. These poets also shared a… Read More
In this volume, Sona Hoisington has gathered together and carefully translated critical essays written by prominent critics and scholars beginning with Belinsky and concluding with Yury Lotman and Sergey Bocharov. With only one exception (an excerpt from Bakhtin's The Dialogic Imagination ), each essay appears for the first time in English translation. In adition to a Foreword by Caryl Emerson and Hoisington's Preface, the colection includes: Vissarion Belinsky, " Eugene Onegin : An Encyclopedia of Russian Life"; Dmitry Pisarev, "Pushkin… Read More
It goes without saying that Tom Shaw is the doyen of American Pushkinists. From his translation of the letters through the dictionary of Pushkin's rhymes (now available on the Internet) and innumerable articles, to this last monument of erudition and scholarship, Shaw has set the standard by which all work on pushkin must be measured, and has made Wisconsin the centre for Pushkin scholarship in America.Read More
Pushkin's role as Russia's "first love" may have become a cliché, but challenges to the truism more often than not simply intensify Pushkin's primacy, as in Maiakovskii's "Iubileinoe" or Tsvetaeva's "Stikhi k Pushkinu." Atttudes toward him have changed dramatically, perhaps even cyclically, and creating a Pushkin in one's own image marks the work of many Russian poets and some epochs as well. In Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism , edited by Boris Gasparov, Robert P. Hughes and Irina Paperno, several essays take this point further: using… Read More