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Since his death in 1837, Alexander Pushkin—often called the “father of Russian literature”—has become a timeless embodiment of Russian national identity, adopted for diverse ideological purposes and reinvented anew as a cultural icon in each historical era (tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet). His elevation to mythic status, however, has led to the celebration of some of his writings and the shunning of others. Throughout the history of Pushkin studies, certain topics, texts, and interpretations have remained officially off-limits in Russia—taboos as prevalent in today’s Russia as ever before.
    The essays in this bold and authoritative volume use new approaches, overlooked archival materials, and fresh interpretations to investigate aspects of Pushkin’s biography and artistic legacy that have previously been suppressed or neglected. Taken together, the contributors strive to create a more fully realized Pushkin and demonstrate how potent a challenge the unofficial, taboo, alternative Pushkin has proven to be across the centuries for the Russian literary and political establishments.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword: The Power of the Word and the Turn to Taboo
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Translation
  2. p. xix
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  1. Introduction: Beyond Pushkin as Dogma
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. Part 1: Taboos in Context
  2. p. 39
  1. Pushkin the Titular Councilor
  2. pp. 41-59
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  1. Why Pushkin Did Not Become a Decembrist
  2. pp. 60-83
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  1. Lighting the Green Lamp: Unpublished and Unknown Poems
  2. pp. 84-111
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  1. Pushkin and Metropolitan Philaret: Rethinking the Problem
  2. pp. 112-156
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  1. Part 2: Taboo Writings
  2. p. 157
  1. If Only Pushkin Had Not WrittenThis Filth: The Shade of Barkov and Philological Cover-ups
  2. pp. 159-184
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  1. Bawdy and Soul: Pushkin’s Poetics of Obscenity
  2. pp. 185-223
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  1. Resexing Literature: Tsar Nikita and His Forty Daughters
  2. pp. 224-238
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  1. The Poetics of Dry Transgression in Pushkin’s Necro-Erotic Verse
  2. pp. 239-260
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  1. The Blasphemies of The Gabrieliad
  2. pp. 261-282
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  1. Politics and Poetry: The “Anti-Polish” Poems and “I built myself a monument not made by human hands”
  2. pp. 283-317
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  1. Part 3: Taboo Readings
  2. p. 319
  1. Taboo and the Family Romance in The Captain’s Daughter
  2. pp. 321-349
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  1. Through the Lens of Soviet Psychoanalysis and Utopian Dreams of the 1920s: Ivan Ermakov’s Readings of Pushkin’s Poetry
  2. pp. 350-377
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  1. The Red Pushkin and the Writers’ Union in 1937: Prescription and Taboo
  2. pp. 378-401
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  1. Krzhizhanovsky’s Pushkin in the 1930s: The Cleopatra Myth from Femme Fatale to Roman Farce
  2. pp. 402-435
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 437-440
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 441-444
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 445-482
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  1. Further Reading, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299287030
Related ISBN
9780299287047
MARC Record
OCLC
813928767
Pages
504
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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