Searching for a form of novel: E. Bulwer-Lytton's Pelham and A. Pushkin's drafts bulwer's pelham and Pushkin's drafts

Irina A. Aizikova, Irina A. Matveenko, Anna N. Utkina

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Abstract

The article deals with the problem of A.S. Pushkin's (the Russian poet and writer) attempt at writing a novel based on E. Bulwer-Lytton's idea of a young man's image depicted in his novel Pelham, or the Adventure of a Gentleman. Pushkin's draft shows his creative process and search for a new hero as well as new genre for his writing. Orientation towards Bulwer-Lytton's novel could give Pushkin an opportunity to reflect all the strata of Russian society in a manner that let him deal with the moral and ethical issues of interest to him. All borrowings had passed through the Russian writer's creative process that made Bulwer-Lytton's influence rather distinctive and intermediary. Pushkin did not try to conceal the orientation towards Bulwer-Lytton. The want for it was realized by him and, hence, it was in the English novel presenting yesterday for the Russian literature where Pushkin saw tomorrow of the Russian novel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-241
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Language and Literature
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • A.S. Pushkin
  • E. Bulwer-Lytton
  • Genre
  • Influence
  • Orientation
  • Russian Pelham

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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