Pushkin's Monument and Allusion: Poem, Statue, Performance

By Sidney Eric Dement

© 2019

In August 1836, Alexander Pushkin wrote a poem now popularly known simply as "Monument." In the decades following his death in January 1837, the poem "Monument" was transformed into a statue in central Moscow: the Pushkin Monument. At its dedication in 1880, the interaction between the verbal text and the visual monument established a creative dynamic that subsequent generations of artists and thinkers amplified through the use of allusion, simultaneously inviting their readers and spectators into a shared cultural history and enriching the meaning of their original creations.

The history of the Pushkin Monument reveals how allusive practice becomes more complex over time. As the population of literate Russians grew throughout the twentieth century, both writers and readers negotiated increasingly complex allusions not only to Pushkin’s poem, but to its statuesque form in Moscow and the many performances that took place around it. Because of this, the story of Pushkin’s Monument is also the story of cultural memory and the aesthetic problems that accompany a cultural history that grows ever longer as it moves into the future.

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Pushkin’s Monument and Allusion is the first aesthetic analysis of Russia’s most famous monument to its greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin.

Pushkin's Monument and Allusion: Poem, Statue, Performance

By Sidney Eric Dement

© 2019

In August 1836, Alexander Pushkin wrote a poem now popularly known simply as "Monument." In the decades following his death in January 1837, the poem "Monument" was transformed into a statue in central Moscow: the Pushkin Monument. At its dedication in 1880, the interaction between the verbal text and the visual monument established a creative dynamic that subsequent generations of artists and thinkers amplified through the use of allusion, simultaneously inviting their readers and spectators into a shared cultural history and enriching the meaning of their original creations.

The history of the Pushkin Monument reveals how allusive practice becomes more complex over time. As the population of literate Russians grew throughout the twentieth century, both writers and readers negotiated increasingly complex allusions not only to Pushkin’s poem, but to its statuesque form in Moscow and the many performances that took place around it. Because of this, the story of Pushkin’s Monument is also the story of cultural memory and the aesthetic problems that accompany a cultural history that grows ever longer as it moves into the future.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    "Pushkin’s Monument and Allusion encourages the reader to think about the multi-dimensional relationship – text, statue, performance – between allusion and space."


    Angela Brintlinger, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University

    "This book makes a superb addition to literature both on Pushkin as a mythic figure in Russian culture and also on Moscow as a city."


    Emily Johnson, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, University of Oklahoma

    "Pushkin’s Monument and Allusion is meticulously researched, well focused, and thought provoking."


    Alexandra Smith, Department of European Languages and Cultures, The University of Edinburgh
  • Author Information

    Sidney Eric Dement is an assistant professor in the Department of German and Russian Studies at Binghamton University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures  
    Acknowledgments 

    Introduction: Dimensions of the Pushkin Monument
     
    1. Pushkin’s Poem: Monument and Allusion (1811–1836) 
    2. Opekushin’s Pushkin Monument: Statue and Performance (1836–1880) 
    3. Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita: Crisis of the Future Poet (1880–1937) 
    4. Toporov’s Petersburg Text: Rejecting the Statue (1937–2003)  
    5. Tolstaia’s Slynx: Disfiguring the Monument (1986–2000) 

    Conclusion: Allusion and the Naive Reader 

    Appendix 
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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