Staff in the Department of French
Publication details for Professor David Baguley2004 Baguley, David 'Pushkin and Mérimée, the French Connection: On Hoaxes and Impostors', in Reid, Robert & Andrew, Joe (eds.), Two Hundred Years of Pushkin. Vol 3: Pushkin's Legacy, Rodopi, pp. 177-191
- Publication type: Essays in edited volumes
- ISSN/ISBN: 9789042009585
Author(s) from Durham
Pushkin’s status as Russia’s national poet rests as much on the breadth of his cultural influence as on the intrinsic quality of his works. Pushkin’s Legacy reflects in various ways the areas in which this influence has been felt. Part I considers some of the key factors in defining Pushkin for posterity, in particular the crucial role played by the critic Belinskii and the problematics of periodising Pushkin. Part II examines the richness of Pushkin’s poetics, including the ways in which his work challenged the established boundaries between poetry and prose. Part III examines Russian music’s debt to Pushkin and vice versa: Russian music’s role in popularising his works. Part IV examines Pushkin’s influence abroad via studies of his influence on Mérimée and Henry James and, on a more personal level, through his descendants in England. Pushkin’s Legacy offers a variety of approaches to Pushkin and his oeuvre and to the nature of his complex impact on Russian and European culture.