Pushkin Review

Articles from Vol. 6-7, Annual

A Note on Teaching Eugene Onegin in English
The Pushkin course introduced at the University of Oregon twenty years ago is designed to accommodate students with or without Russian. Without close reading and discussion of texts, a Pushkin course would lose much of its value. Our compromise has...
Cain and Herostratus: Pushkin's and Shaffer's Reappropriations of the Mozart Myth
Where the event of a great action is left doubtful, there the Poet is left Master. Dryden, preface to Don Sebastian The rumors surrounding the role of Antonio Salieri in the death of Mozart have transformed these artists into the subjects of...
Champagne for the Brain: Reading and Writing Onegin Stanzas with American Undergraduates (1)
Eugene Onegin--like champagne Its effervescence stirs my brain. (Vikram Seth, A Golden Gate, 1986) "Poetry as we know it is dying." Thus David Bethea opens his 1998 book on Alexander Pushkin (3); similar laments on undergraduates' "bewilderment"...
Khodasevich. Lectures on Pushkin for Proletkult (1918) (1)
First Lecture, Fundamental Techniques for Reading Pushkin Consciously (2) I 1. I have already written about the necessity of education for proletarian poets. (3) There is no need to repeat my conclusions: your presence here demonstrates that...
On Teaching Eugene Onegin in English
It is a truth universally acknowledged among teachers of Russian literature in translation that (1) a nineteenth-century Russian literature survey must include Eugene Onegin and (2) this text--in its formal intricacy, metaliterary obsessions and historical...
On Translating Alexander Pushkin's Angelo
All translations presume a reader, and mine has been monolingual and affective, one who is both familiar with the tradition of versification in English and is willing to be trained to a new approach. Translating Angelo has therefore been an endeavor...
Pushkinian Elements in Isaak Levitan's Painting "By the Mill-Pond"
In December 1884, when Isaak Levitan was twenty-four and still had difficulties earning a living as a painter, his former teacher Vasilii Polenov arranged for him and a number of other young artists to work as designers for a private opera house established...
Pushkin's Vision of the Enlightened Self: Individualism, Authority and Tradition beyond Karamzin *
In the Memoirs of Princess Dashkova we find a curious account of one of the Princess' conversations with Diderot concerning the socio-political conditions and the prospects of the Enlightenment in Russia. In response to Dashkova's praise of the Russian...
Sidestepping Silence, Ventriloquizing Death: A Reconsideration of Pushkin's Stone Island Cycle *
Writing poetry ... is an exercise in dying ... Art is not a better, but an alternative existence ... It is a spirit seeking flesh but finding words. --Joseph Brodsky, Less Than One During the summer of 1836, beset by financial worries and political...
The Little House at Kolomna by Alexander Pushkin
Introduction Pushkin published too late for his reputation to reach Byron. He appears in neither of John Bowring's anthologies of Russian poetry, at least one of which Byron knew: (1) if Byron had read a Bowring-ized version of The Fountain of Bakhchisarai,...
Vladislav Khodasevich as Teacher of Pushkin: Lectures on Poetry to the Proletkult
Proletkult, poetry, and Pushkin. Quite a combination, if you think about it. Add the poet Vladislav Khodasevich (1886-1939) into the mix, and the likelihood of pedagogical success seems slim, at best. The publication of a number of documents from...