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Kalavszky Z. Chapter from Pushkin’s Novel. Cultic Mechanisms and Textual Poetics of “The Last Text” and “The Sword of the Sensitive Nobleman” by AndreyBitov. Studia Litterarum, 2017, vol. 2, no 3, pp. 150–165. (InRuss.) DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2017-2-3-150-165

Author: Z. Kalavszky
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Zsófia Kalavszky, Research Fellow at the Institute for Literary Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1118 Budapest, Ménesi út 11–13, Budapest, Hungary. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Received: February 02, 2017
Published: September 25, 2017
Issue: 2017 Vol. 2, №3
Department: Russian Literature
Pages: 150-164

UDK: 82.09
BBK: 83.3(2Рос=Рус)
Keywords: Alexander Pushkin, Andrey Bitov, literary cult, intertextuality, poetic analysis.


This study aims to trace and demonstrate the construction of Pushkin cult in two essays by Andrey Bitov, “The Last Text” and “The Sword of the Sensitive Nobleman.” It examines how cultic mechanisms including specific rhetoric formulas operate in both texts. Bitov’s cultic approach, however, does not imply dogmatic attitude to Pushkin nor requires a prescriptive attitude to his heritage. Quite on the contrary: Bitov’s texts are as always open, dialogical, and openly address themselves to the reader. I am interested primarily in the points of convergence between Bitov’s scholarly approach to Pushkin’s work, e.g. his study of the Pushkin’s reception history, on the one hand, and his literary position, on the other; yet at the same time, I find most interesting the way he expresses his concept. He writes an essay where he suggests something rather than states it, prompts, hints, offers one interpretation the way that does not exclude an entirely different one. Thus, this article examines how Bitov’s text is constructed and how it functions.


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