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In an ambitious reinterpretation of the premier work of Russia's national poet, J. Douglas Clayton reads Boris Godunov as the expression of Alexander Pushkin's thinking about the Russian state, especially the Russian state of his own time (some two hundred years distant from the events of the play), and even his own place within that state. Here we see how the play marks a sharp break with the Decembrists and Pushkin's own youthful liberalism, signaling its author's emergence as a Russian conservative. Boris Godunov, Clayton argues, can be best understood as an ideologically conservative defense of autocracy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Notes to the Reader
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Chapter One: The Genesis and Reception of Boris Godunov
  2. pp. 3-29
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  1. Chapter Two: Boris Godunov and the Theater
  2. pp. 30-53
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  1. Chapter Three: Pushkin, Russia, Revolution
  2. pp. 54-79
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  1. Chapter Four: Boris Godunov as Metahistory and Metapoetry
  2. pp. 80-99
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  1. Chapter Five: The Montage of Genres
  2. pp. 100-121
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  1. Chapter Six: Horse and Rider: The Semantics of Power
  2. pp. 122-140
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  1. Chapter Seven: The Codes of Speaking and Seeing
  2. pp. 141-164
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  1. Chapter Eight: Poet and Tsar
  2. pp. 165-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-200
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 201-208
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-220
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810121652
Related ISBN
9780810119383
MARC Record
OCLC
794701026
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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