Radishchev’s “Bova” and Its Place in the History of Russian Folkloric Stylization

  • Michael Wachtel Princeton University, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Keywords: Radishchev, Karamzin, folklore, stylization, metrics

Abstract

Aleksandr Radishchev (1749–1802) has long been recognized for the boldness and originality of his writings. The present essay examines a substantial but largely forgotten poetic work (“Bova”), focusing on its experimental metrics. The author considers Radishchev’s possible motivations in creating this unprecedented form and suggests a new means of categorizing it.

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Published
2020-12-31
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