Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin (MLR3019)

15 credits

You will explore in depth Pushkin’s ‘novel in verse’, one of the most influential Russian literary texts ever written, and discover why this short text (21,000 words) occupies such a prominent place in Russia’s cultural traditions. Onegin’s characters provided models for other writers to follow, its style stretched the capabilities of the Russian literary language (as you will see by reading the original Russian text), and its unique stanza form makes a virtue of apparent constraints. The 19th -century critic Belinskii called it ‘an encyclopaedia of Russian life’, a realistic reflection of Russia; others see it as a virtuoso display of literary allusions, echoes, and parody, a demonstration of Pushkin’s manipulative skill.