Russian Literature in an Historic Context
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This paper examines several examples of 18th and 19th Russian literature from an historical perspective, particularly noting the social conflict of this period. In particular, the works of Gavrila Derzhavin, Mikhail Lomonosov, and Alexander Pushkin are discussed, and noted for expressing thier culture's pathos. Additionally, the paper explores the common themes running through the writings of these authors, which include the abuse of authority in heads of state. The paper further cites that unlike later Russian writers, 8th and 19th century authors cloak their critical commentary with sarcasm and subtle irony. Various works by the authors mentioned above are highlighted and analyzed as examples of subtle criticism of the Russian rulers of this time.
From the Paper:"Gavrila Derzhavin provides one of the most powerful examples of how Russian literature was being used to subtly subvert imperial authority. In "Felicity," Derzhavin lauds Tsarina Katarina to the point at which the poet seems sarcastic. The fact that Derzhavin's work was not received as subversive literature proves how successful the poet was in creating the perfect amount of tension in his work. The tension within "Felicity" also reflects the budding apprehension among Russian peasants about the quality of Russian leadership. Derzhavin easily avoids discussing such mundane matters because "Felicity" clearly appeals to the Tsarina's vanity and self-absorption. The poem plays on how an authoritarian ruler might view herself: as someone who is above reproach."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Derzhavin, G. "Felicity." An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction: Introduction to a Culture [With CD-ROM] by Nicholas Rzhevsky (Dec 2004)
- Lomonosov, M.V. "Ode on the Seizure of Khotin." 1793 http://web.mmlc.northwestern.edu/~mdenner/Demo/texts/ode_to_anna.htm
- Pushkin, A. "The Bronze Horseman: A Petersburg Tale." An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction: Introduction to a Culture, with interactive multimedia CD Edited by: Nicholas Rzhevsky (Dec 2004)
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