“The Queen of Spades” may well be the most widely read work by Pushkin in the English-speaking world. It has spurred an exceptionally wide range of criticism: as Neil Cornwell (himself the editor of a recent critical study of the work) has said, critics have “subjected [it] … to seemingly endless analysis.” Caryl Emerson classifies these endless analyses into four main groups: a) “socio-literary studies that focus on the mechanics and ideology behind gambling”; b) “psychological-generational treatments”; c) “linguistic and syntactic studies”; d) “numerological approaches.” And to these one must also add a number of studies devoted to comparisons of the story with any one of a variety of contemporary western European literary texts. In the essay that follows, I will not propose a radical change in approach to “The Queen of Spades.” Rather, I would like to revisit some points that have been made by scholars who have focused on analysis types (a) and (b), while paying close attention to one line in Pushkin’s text whose importance has not, in my view, been sufficiently recognized.
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
Commentators have repeatedly characterized Pushkin's masterpiece as an exhaustive compendium: "an encyclopedia of Russian life" (Belinsky), "an encyclopedia of Russian folklore" (Grechina), "an… 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