Challenging the Bard
Dostoevsky and Pushkin, a Study of Literary Relationship
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Several sections of Challenging the Bard: Dostoevsky and Pushkin, aStudy of Literary Relationship are considerably modified versions of pre-viously published journal articles: “Gambling and Passion: Pushkin’sThe Queen of Spades and Dostoevsky’s The Gambler,” Slavic and EastEuropean Journal (): –; “The Miser Redone: The Trans-...
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There is perhaps no literary relationship more fascinating and deserv-ing of study than that between Alexander Pushkin (–), Rus-sia’s greatest poet, and Fyodor Dostoevsky (–), its greatest prosewriter.1 It was purely a literary and cultural relationship, for the writersdid not know each other: Pushkin died in a duel in January of on...
Part One: Before Exile
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Chapter 1. The First Confrontation: Dostoevsky’s Poor Folk and Pushkin’s “The Stationmaster”
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Poor Folk, Dostoevsky’s first novel, announces early on the centralityof both Pushkin’s work and his status as author. Along with his reactionto Gogol, Dostoevsky’s response to Pushkin was an essential part ofhis plan to make a space for himself in Russian literature. Poor Folkappeared in print in , but months before its publication it had...
Chapter 2. The Bronze Horseman and The Double: Reevaluating the Madness of the Common Man
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In The Double, completed soon after Poor Folk, Dostoevsky continueshis response to both Gogol and Pushkin. Like Gogol’s “Notes of a Mad-man” and Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman,1 The Double portrays a manwho goes increasingly insane. In “Notes of a Madman,” the hero endsup in an insane asylum; in The Bronze Horseman, after years of wander-...
Chapter 3. The Miser Redone: The Transformation of Pushkin’s The Covetous Knight in Dostoevsky’s Mr. Prokharchin
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Mr. Prokharchin is the first of Dostoevsky’s works to take on Pushkin’slittle tragedy, The Covetous Knight (). Although Dostoevsky incor-porated aspects of The Covetous Knight, more than any other work ofPushkin, into his later fiction (Notes from the Underground, Crime andPunishment, The Gambler, The Idiot, A Raw Youth, “The Gentle Crea-...
Part Two: After Exile
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Chapter Four: Gambling and Passion: Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades and Dostoevsky’s The Gambler
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In , almost two decades after Dostoevsky’s spirited reaction toPushkin’s “The Stationmaster,” The Bronze Horseman, and The CovetousKnight through Poor Folk, The Double, and Mr. Prokharchin, he decidedto respond to these works again, but this time to take on in additionPushkin’s greatest piece of prose fiction, The Queen of Spades, through...
Chapter 5: Crime and Punishment 1.“The Stationmaster,” The Bronze Horseman, and The Queen of Spades: The Clerk, Petersburg, and Napoleon
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Dostoevsky was completing the last chapters of Crime and Punishmentwhen he was forced to interrupt his work to write still another novel, TheGambler, which responded to aspects of The Queen of Spades that he didnot take on in Crime and Punishment. However, most of Dostoevsky’sresponse to The Queen of Spades is found in Crime and Punishment....
Chapter 6: Crime and Punishment 2.The Covetous Knight: Power, Transgression, and Legacy
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Of all Pushkin’s works, Dostoevsky was most influenced, one might evensay most obsessed, by The Covetous Knight. I have discussed the parodictreatment of Pushkin’s miser Baron in Mr. Prokharchin. There are alsoreferences and resonances in several of the later works. The hero of ARaw Youth, Arkady Dolgoruky, experiments with what he views as the...
Chapter 7: After Crime and Punishment: An Afterword on the Later Novels
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In the major novels that Dostoevsky wrote after Crime and Punishment,he does not forget Pushkin, but he recalls him diﬀerently; Pushkin is lessconfronted than venerated, less challenged than treated as a culturalicon and reference. Rather than discuss the major novels after Crimeand Punishment in exact chronological order, I am reserving for last the...
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Publications of the Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies