Paul Debreczeny. Social Functions of Literature: Alexander Pushkin and Russian Culture. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1997. 282 pages. Tables. Illustrations. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. ISBN 0804726620. Hardback.
The first time I went to Russia, many years ago when I was an undergraduate, I remember being amazed at the sight of little children walking the cold, snowy February streets carrying cut flowers—and being even more amazed at the news that these children were headed to the local Pushkin monument to commemorate the great poet’s death.
In his study Social Functions of Literature, Paul Debreczeny does a number of things, and does them well. Among his desires is to calibrate the true meaning of Pushkin for those Soviet schoolchildren, for their parents and grandparents, and for their ancestors under the tsarist regime. This impressive work becomes, in its way, a summing up of a lifetime of studying Pushkin, literature, and society, and not merely Russian society. Debreczeny brings to bear in this volume methodologies and approaches gleaned from Russian and American scholarship in myriad arenas—psychology, semiotics, social history and anthropology, among others, in addition to traditional literary analysis. His readings of Pushkin’s poetry are a welcome and perceptive supplement to the main content of the work—a reading of Russian society and of the relationship between society and its literary tastes. Debreczeny’s book is a tour de force of Pushkinistika, humanistic scholarship, and the study of the interaction of Culture and culture.
This conference was co-sponsored by the Departments of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature. Devoted to the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Russia’s national poet Alexander Pushkin, it focused on global aspects of Pushkin’s legacy, such… Read More
В.С. Непомнящий, ред. «Моцарт и Салиери», трагедия Пушкина. Движения во времени 1840е-1990е. Москва: Наследие, 1997. стр. 935. ISBN: 5201132758. В преплете.… Read More
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The bibliography includes monographs and articles published either in journals or as chapters of collected essays or individual works. A broad cultural approach was taken, hence the inclusion of Pushkin's works as they relate to music. Also, a… Read More
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