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Author Dement, Sidney Eric, 1978- author

Title Pushkin's Monument and allusion : poem, statue, performance / Sidney Eric Dement
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019]
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Summary "In August of 1836 Alexander Pushkin wrote a poem now popularly known simply as "Monument." He died a few months later in January of 1837. In the decades following his death, 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, the aesthetic device by which writers reference select elements of cultural history to enrich the meaning of their new creation and invite their reader into the shared experience of a tradition. The history of the Pushkin Monument reveals how allusive practice becomes more complex over time. By 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. As the population of newly literate Russians grew throughout the twentieth century, images of the future poet and the naive reader became crucial signifiers of the most meaningful allusions to the Pushkin Monument. 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. "-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837 -- Allusions
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837 -- Criticism and interpretation
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837 -- Monuments -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837.
Allusions.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Eastern
Monuments.
Russia (Federation) -- Moscow.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1487532237 (electronic bk.)
9781487532239 (electronic bk.)