Pushkin And The Genres Of Madness: The Masterpieces of 1833

Paperback | November 5, 2003

byGary Rosenshield

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    In 1833 Alexander Pushkin began to explore the topic of madness, a subject little explored in Russian literature before his time. The works he produced on the theme are three of his greatest masterpieces: the prose novella The Queen of Spades, the narrative poem The Bronze Horseman, and the lyric "God Grant That I Not Lose My Mind." Gary Rosenshield presents a new interpretation of Pushkin’s genius through an examination of his various representations of madness.
    Pushkin brilliantly explored both the destructive and creative sides of madness, a strange fusion of violence and insight. In this study, Rosenshield illustrates the surprising valorization of madness in The Queen of Spades and "God Grant That I Not Lose My Mind" and analyzes The Bronze Horseman’s confrontation with the legacy of Peter the Great, a cornerstone figure of Russian history. Drawing on themes of madness in western literature, Rosenshield situates Pushkin in a greater framework with such luminaries as Shakespeare, Sophocles, Cervantes, and Dostoevsky providing an insightful and absorbing study of Russia’s greatest writer.

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    In 1833 Alexander Pushkin began to explore the topic of madness, a subject little explored in Russian literature before his time. The works he produced on the theme are three of his greatest masterpieces: the prose novella The Queen of Spades, the narrative poem The Bronze Horseman, and the lyric "God Grant That I Not Lose My Mind....

Gary Rosenshield is professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of Crime and Punishment: The Techniques of the Omniscient Author and numerous scholarly articles on Slavic studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 5, 2003Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299182045

ISBN - 13:9780299182045

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“An important contribution to Pushkin studies.”—Ian M. Helfant, Slavic Review