TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword: The Power of the Word and the Turn to Taboo (Caryl Emerson)
Introduction: Beyond Pushkin as Dogma (Alyssa Dinega Gillespie)
Part 1: Taboos in Context
Pushkin the Titular Councilor (Irina Reyfman)
Why Pushkin Did Not Become a Decembrist (Igor Nemirovsky)
Lighting The Green Lamp: Unpublished and Unknown Poems (Joe Peschio)
Pushkin and Metropolitan Philaret: Rethinking the Problem (Oleg Proskurin)
Part 2: Taboo Writings
If Only Pushkin Had Not Written This Filth: The Shade of Barkov and Philological Coverups (Igor Pilshchikov)
Bawdy and Soul: Pushkin's Poetics of Obscenity (Alyssa Dinega Gillespie)
Resexing Literature: Tsar Nikita and His Forty Daughters (J. Douglas Clayton and Natalia Vesselova)
The Poetics of Dry Transgression in Pushkin's Necro-Erotic Verse (Jonathan Brooks Platt)
The Blasphemies of The Gabrieliad (Andrew Kahn)
The Anti-Polish Poems and "I Built Myself a Monument...": Politics and Poetry (Katya Hokanson)
Part 3: Taboo Readings
Taboo and the Family Romance in The Captain's Daughter (David M. Bethea)
Through the Lens of Soviet Psychoanalysis and Utopian Dreams of the 1920s: Ivan Ermakov's Readings of Pushkin's Poetry (Alexandra Smith)
The Red Pushkin and the Writers' Union in 1937: Prescription and Taboo (Carol Any)
Krzizhanovsky's Pushkin in the 1930s: The Cleopatra Myth from Femme Fatale to Roman Farce (Caryl Emerson)
Since his death in 1837, Alexander Pushkin — often called the “father of Russian literature” — has become a timeless embodiment of Russian national identity, adopted for diverse ideological purposes and reinvented anew as a cultural icon in each historical era (tsarist, Soviet, and post-Soviet).
His elevation to mythic status, however, has led to the celebration of some of his writings and the shunning of others.
Throughout the history of Pushkin studies, certain topics, texts, and interpretations have remained officially off-limits in Russia—taboos as prevalent in today’s Russia as ever before.
The essays in this bold and authoritative volume use new approaches, overlooked archival materials, and fresh interpretations to investigate aspects of Pushkin’s biography and artistic legacy that have previously been suppressed or neglected.
Taken together, the contributors strive to create a more fully realized Pushkin and demonstrate how potent a challenge the unofficial, taboo, alternative Pushkin has proven to be across the centuries for the Russian literary and political establishments.
Editor Alyssa Dinega Gillespie; University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (July 24, 2012)
Language: English; 506 pages; ISBN-10: 0299287041