Remarkably enough, even as we celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Russia’s greatest Russian, as many things are said in praise of Alexander Pushkin, one may still ask whether we give him sufficient credit. A case in point is the underappreciated boldness, defiance, and audacity he displayed in writing Boris Godunov while he was a political prisoner subjected to surveillance and harassment by tsarist officials. Many readers have, of course, observed the formal daring of Pushkin’s “historical tragedy.” Although the young poet had never put his hand to drama before, let alone a large scale one on an issue of great national interest, he undertook radical innovations in dramatic form, language and versification, in his handling of the narod (the common people), and in his inquiry into the nature of history. Yet Pushkin’s play also entailed very real political risk. The potential danger of his undertaking may explain why Pushkin cited Boris Godunov as his favorite work, which in turn would help us understand why he exposed himself to professional and personal danger in so many respects while writing it (11: 40).
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