Dimitry's Shade

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1938-3
Publication Date
July 2004
Page Count
216 pages
Trim Size
6 1/8 x 9 1/4

Dimitry's Shade

A Reading of Alexander Pushkin's <I>Boris Godunov</I>
J. Douglas Clayton

In an ambitious reinterpretation of the premier work of Russia's national poet, J. Douglas Clayton reads Boris Godunov as the expression of Alexander Pushkin's thinking about the Russian state, especially the Russian state of his own time (some two hundred years distant from the events of the play), and even his own place within that state. Here we see how the play marks a sharp break with the Decembrists and Pushkin's own youthful liberalism, signaling its author's emergence as a Russian conservative. Boris Godunov, Clayton argues, can be best understood as an ideologically conservative defense of autocracy.

Sure to shock readers even as it persuades them, Dimitry's Shade reveals, incarnated in Boris Godunov, those three elements that were to become the slogan of Nicholas's Russia in the 1830s: autocracy, orthodoxy, and nationality.

About the Author
J. Douglas Clayton is a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa. His other works include Wave and Stone: Essays on the Prose and Poetry of Alexander Pushkin (Slavic Research Group, 2000) and Pierrot in Petrograd: Commedia dell'arte / Balagan in Twentieth Century Russian Theatre and Drama (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994).

"An excellent contribution." --MLR