Review: K.N. Grigor´ian, «Pushkinskaia elegiia» and V.E. Vatsuro, «Lirika pushkinskoi pory»
K.N. Grigor´ian. Pushkinskaia elegiia (natsional´nye istoki, predshestveniki, evoliutsiia). Leningrad: Nauka, 1990. 256 pp. Indexes.
V.E. Vatsuro. Lirika pushkinskoi pory: "Elegicheskaia shkola." Sankt-Peterburg: Nauka, 1994. 239 pp. Index.
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, strive to recuperate a central genre of Russian poetry that seemed to embarrass Marxist positivism as a pothole in the road to realism.