"Eugene Onegin": A Veiled Elegy on the Death of the Russian Soul
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From the Paper:"The paper offers an interpretation of Pushkin's verse novel, Eugene Onegin, that is a radical departure from ones that have been in vogue since the work was first published in 1833, an interpretation that sees the work as an elegy on the death of the Russian soul. The author contends that Pushkin was forced to mask his elegy and cast it in the form of a verse novel on account of the disrepute into which the elegy as a literary form had fallen as a result of the rise of Romanticism. The paper makes the case that Eugene Onegin must be read as a satirical allegory for the gradual eclipse of the essential Russianness of the Russian soul under the onslaught of the Westernizing influences from Europe that followed in the wake of the reforms instituted by Peter the Great. The novel's heroine, Tatyana, is seen as a personification of the Russian soul, and its hero, Onegin, for whom the work is named, as a personification of the Russian character. Through extensive reference to the work itself and to commentary from noted literary critics, including Belinsky and Dostoevsky, the author lays out the details of the allegory and the allegorical significance of the love relationship between Onegin and Tatyana. The paper concludes that Pushkin was prophetic in elegizing the death of the Russian soul, for it was precisely this death that paved the way for the Bolshevik Revolution just three-quarters of a century later."
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