Alexander Pushkin's Little Tragedies: The Poetics of Brevity

Paperback | January 7, 2004

EditorSvetlana Evdokimova

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Alexander Pushkin’s four compact plays, later known as The Little Tragedies, were written at the height of the author’s creative powers, and their influence on many Russian and Western writers cannot be overestimated. Yet Western readers are far more familiar with Pushkin’s lyrics, narrative poems, and prose than with his drama. The Little Tragedies have received few translations or scholarly examinations. Setting out to redress this and to reclaim a cornerstone of Pushkin’s work, Evodokimova and her distinguished contributors offer the first thorough critical study of these plays. They examine the historical roots and connective themes of the plays, offer close readings, and track the transformation of the works into other genres.

This volume includes a significant new translation by James Falen of the plays—"The Covetous Knight," "Mozart and Salieri," "The Stone Guest," and "A Feast in Time of Plague."

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Alexander Pushkin’s four compact plays, later known as The Little Tragedies, were written at the height of the author’s creative powers, and their influence on many Russian and Western writers cannot be overestimated. Yet Western readers are far more familiar with Pushkin’s lyrics, narrative poems, and prose than with his drama. The Li...

    Svetlana Evdokimova is associate professor of Slavic languages and comparative literature at Brown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:398 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:January 7, 2004Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299190242

ISBN - 13:9780299190248

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"A superb collection of essays, which promises to be an indispensable source of information and critical ideas for anyone researching, teaching, or studying Pushkin." —Paul Debreczeny, author of Social Functions of Literature: Alexander Pushkin and Russian Culture