Alexander Pushkin went about, quite deliberately, to write an historical drama without the conventional romantic sub-plot. He remarked in 1829 in reference to his Boris Godunov: “A tragedy without love has appealed to my imagination.” In this, he was probably following the advice of Voltaire who railed against “love intrigues, often foreign to the subject, and so often debased by idle buffooneries.” And with his drama Orestes, the French playwright made the following claim: “I have at least given my countrymen some idea of a tragedy without love, without confidants, and without episodes” (italics mine). The romantic sub-plot, in Voltaire’s view, detracted from the gravitas of the main political/military plot-line. He therefore argued for a clear separation of romance and politics. But while Voltaire simply omits a romantic sub-plot, Pushkin “lays bare” his rejection of it within Boris Godunov, thereby critically engaging the tradition. Furthermore, his inclusion of “buffooneries” in his drama and his indebtedness to Shakespeare, whom Voltaire considered “a barbarian,” suggest that Pushkin may have had somewhat different motives in excising romance than did Voltaire.
По существу, сложность пушкинских произведений проявляет себя не только в глубине смысла, но и в том их специфическом свойстве, что для понимания этого смысла приходится совершать предварительную реконструкцию “поверхностного слоя,” который в других случаях дан в тексте непосредственно.… Read More
Тема «Зощенко и Пушкин» в исследовательской литературе традиционно ограничивалась лишь одним сюжетом: анализом «Шестой повести Белкина», созданной в преддверие пушкинского юбилея 1937 г. Между тем пушкинские мотивы в творчестве Зощенко возникали неоднократно—имеет смысл проследить их развитие и вариации… Read More
This fall, from September 24 to September 30, there was a conference at Mikhailovskoe on Pushkin and Shakespeare. It was sponsored by St. Petersburg University and the group Piligrim.
The conference announcement suggested various intriguing panel titles, including: “History in… Read More
The Pushkin Club was established in 1953 by Maria Kullman and her brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas and Militsa Zernov, at 24 Kensington Park Gardes as a non-profit-making house for students and academics of all nationalities. In addition to providing lodgings,… Read More
During a visit to Russia, Mark Sconce and his wife Nancy Bounds heard so much about Pushkin’s life and were so impressed by performances of is works that on their return home they decided to arrange a program commemorating the… Read More
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
In this volume, Sona Hoisington has gathered together and carefully translated critical essays written by prominent critics… Read More