Challenging The Bard: Dostoevsky And Pushkin, A Study Of Literary Relationship

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byGary Rosenshield

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When geniuses meet, something extraordinary happens, like lightning produced from colliding clouds, observed Russian poet Alexander Blok. There is perhaps no literary collision more fascinating and deserving of study than the relationship between Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837), Russia's greatest poet, and Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–81), its greatest prose writer. In the twentieth century, Pushkin, "Russia's Shakespeare," became enormously influential, his literary successors universally acknowledging and venerating his achievements. In the nineteenth century, however, it was Dostoevsky more than any other Russian writer who wrestled with Pushkin's legacy as cultural icon and writer. Though he idolized Pushkin in his later years, the younger Dostoevsky exhibited a much more contentious relationship with his eminent precursor.
            In Challenging the Bard, Gary Rosenshield engages with the critical histories of these two literary titans, illuminating how Dostoevsky reacted to, challenged, adapted, and ultimately transformed the work of his predecessor Pushkin. Focusing primarily on Dostoevsky's works through 1866—including Poor Folk, The Double, Mr. Prokharchin, The Gambler, and Crime and Punishment—Rosenshield observes that the younger writer's way to literary greatness was not around Pushkin, but through him. By examining each literary figure in terms of the other, Rosenshield demonstrates how Dostoevsky both deviates from and honors the work of Pushkin. At its core, Challenging the Bard offers a unique perspective on the poetry of the master, Pushkin, the prose of his successor, Dostoevsky, and the nature of literary influence.

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When geniuses meet, something extraordinary happens, like lightning produced from colliding clouds, observed Russian poet Alexander Blok. There is perhaps no literary collision more fascinating and deserving of study than the relationship between Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837), Russia's greatest poet, and Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–81), it...

Gary Rosenshield, professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the author of many books, including Pushkin and the Genres of Madness and Western Law, Russian Justice, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 8, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299293548

ISBN - 13:9780299293543

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One: Before Exile
1 The First Confrontation: Dostoevsky's Poor Folk and Pushkin's "The Stationmaster"
2 The Bronze Horseman and The Double: Reevaluating the Madness of the Common Man
3 The Miser Redone: The Transformation of Pushkin's The Covetous Knight in Dostoevsky's Mr. Prokharchin
 
Part Two: After Exile
4 Gambling and Passion: Pushkin's The Queen of Spades and Dostoevsky's The Gambler
5 Crime and Punishment 1. "The Stationmaster," The Bronze Horseman, and The Queen of Spades: The Clerk, Petersburg, and Napoleon
6 Crime and Punishment 2. The Covetous Knight: Power, Transgression, and Legacy
7 After Crime and Punishment: An Afterword on the Later Novels (The Idiot, The Possessed, A Raw Youth, and The Brothers Karamazov)
 
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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“Readers interested in both Pushkin and Dostoevsky can find a wealth of stimulating commentary in Challenging the Bard.”—The Russian Review