Angela Brintlinger’s Writing a Usable Past: Russian Literary Culture 1917–1937 is an enjoyable, in places even entertaining, book. No time was spared researching and producing it. The book discusses authors who are seeking answers to the present even as they are engaged in the production of texts on Pushkin in preparation for the one hundredth anniversary of the poet’s death. As Soviets and emitters alike wish to appropriate Pushkin for their own purposes, Brintlinger’s book is an attempt to show that Tynianov, Khodasevich, and Bulgakov typify the Russian literary culture of the time. While all these writers in one way or another failed to produce a successful literary account of Pushkin, they did succeed in writing poignantly about other writers. Thus we have chapters devoted to works by Tynianov on Kiukhelbeker, Griboedov, and Pushkin, by Khodasevich on Derzhavin and Pushkin and by Bulgakov on Molière and Pushkin.
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