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Becoming Mikhail Lermontov
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Mikhail Lermontov (1814 1841) is one of Russia's most prominent poets and one of its most puzzling. In this radically new interpretation, David Powelstock reveals how the seeming contradictions in Lermontov's life and works can be understood as manifestations of a coherent worldview.

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. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Notes to the Reader
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Irony and Authenticity
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. 1. Representing the Romantic Hero: Death and the Dream of Death
  2. pp. 27-72
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  1. 2. The Icon and the Window: Framing the Social Self and Literary Mediation
  2. pp. 73-121
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  1. 3. The Ineffable Self in the Landscape of Language: A Romantic Mythology of the Word
  2. pp. 122-171
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  1. 4. Poetry as Theater: Taking the Stage
  2. pp. 172-249
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  1. 5. Enter the Other: The Author and His Readers
  2. pp. 250-328
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  1. 6. Sincere Lies: Irony and Seduction in Hero of Our Time
  2. pp. 329-397
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  1. 7. “Fierce Integrity”: Inner Freedom and Poetic Potentials
  2. pp. 398-459
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  1. Conclusion: Living into Language
  2. pp. 460-466
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  1. Appendix: Russian Poems Cited in the Text
  2. pp. 467-489
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 491-539
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  1. Indexes
  2. pp. 541-545
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