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The Pushkin Handbook
Edited by David M. Bethea

Publications of the Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies
David M. Bethea, Series Editor

"There is no . . . book that would be more useful to any scholar or student interested in Pushkin.”
—Igor Nemirovsky, The Russian Review

The Pushkin Handbook, a collection of new studies by leading Pushkin scholars from the former Soviet Union, North America, and elsewhere, unites in one volume a multiplicity of voices engaged in a genuinely post-Soviet dialogue.

Contributors to the volume consider Pushkin in terms of his biography; his innovations in the forms of lyric, narrative poem, novel in verse, drama, and fictional prose; his thoughts on history, politics, and literature; the textual challenges of his work; and the problems of translating it. Another major focus is Pushkin's place in the literary and cultural cosmos: his relationship to his Russian predecessors and contemporaries, his responses to other European literature, his role within the traditions of Romanticism and Realism, and his reception and interpretation by readers at various points in history.

This collection features contributions from the world's leading Pushkin scholars, examining his life, work, and thought, and his place in Russian and world literature and culture.

"This ambitious companion to Russia's greatest poet is not a dictionary, not an anthology, but a monument that unfolds like a living museum of fragile contexts easily lost: the life, the texts, the contexts, the cultural resonances. In this landmark bilingual project, Russian and American scholars come together over the ever-expanding miracle of Alexander Pushkin, whose voice once again transcends all regimes and methodologies." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

“The brilliance of The Pushkin Handbook is that it brings together some of the best Pushkinists from both continents under one cover, juxtaposing approaches, ideas, and even languages.” —Angela Brintlinger, Canadian Slavonic Papers

David M. Bethea is the Vilas Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of The Superstitious Muse, Realizing Metaphors: Alexander Pushkin and the Life of the Poet,and Joseph Brodsky and the Creation of Exile as well as the editor of Pushkin Today.

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cover of the Pushkin Handbook is in tones of sepia, black and red-brown. The illustration is of Pushkin sitting on a park bench in autumn

December 2013

LC: 2005011162 PG
708 p
p.   6 x 9
In English and Russian

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“The collection is indeed wide-ranging, with a group of articles on the history of Pushkin scholarship, his biography, textology, and his manuscripts and a group on form, including one each on poetic form, lyric, the narrative poem, drama, prose, and fictive vs. non-fictive prose.”
—Katya Hokanson, Slavic and European Journal


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