Under the Sky of My Africa: Alexander Pushkin and Blackness

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Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, Nicole Svobodny, Ludmilla A. Trigos
Northwestern University Press, 2006年5月30日 - 417 頁
A wide-ranging consideration of the nature and significance of Pushkin's African heritage

Roughly in the year 1705, a young African boy, acquired from the seraglio of the Turkish sultan, was transported to Russia as a gift to Peter the Great. This child, later known as Abram Petrovich Gannibal, was to become Peter's godson and to live to a ripe old age, having attained the rank of general and the status of Russian nobility. More important, he was to become the great-grandfather of Russia's greatest national poet, Alexander Pushkin. It is the contention of the editors of this book, borne out by the essays in the collection, that Pushkin's African ancestry has played the role of a "wild card" of sorts as a formative element in Russian cultural mythology; and that the ways in which Gannibal's legacy has been included in or excluded from Pushkin's biography over the last two hundred years can serve as a shifting marker of Russia's self-definition.

The first single volume in English on this rich topic, Under the Sky of My Africa addresses the wide variety of interests implicated in the question of Pushkin's blackness-race studies, politics, American studies, music, mythopoetic criticism, mainstream Pushkin studies. In essays that are by turns biographical, iconographical, cultural, and sociological in focus, the authors-representing a broad range of disciplines and perspectives-take us from the complex attitudes toward race in Russia during Pushkin's era to the surge of racism in late Soviet and post-Soviet contemporary Russia. In sum, Under the Sky of My Africa provides a wealth of basic material on the subject as well as a series of provocative readings and interpretations that will influence future considerations of Pushkin and race in Russian culture.

 

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Was Pushkin Black and Does It Matter?
3
On the Occasion of the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Alexander Pushkins GreatGrandfather
46
Publications during His Lifetime
79
Pushkins Anxiety of Blackness
99
How Black Was Pushkin? Otherness and SelfCreation
122
The Telltale Black Baby or Why Pushkin Began The Blackamoor of Peter the Great but Didnt Finish It
150
Blackness and Pushkin Portraits
172
Pushkin and Othello
196
Tsvetaevas Blackest of Black Naicherneishii Pushkin
279
Paul Robeson and the 1949 Pushkin Jubilee
302
Pushkins Exotic Ancestor as TwentiethCentury Opera
332
Creativity and Blacknessa Note on Yury Tynianovs The Gannibals
369
Introduction to The Gannibals by Yury Tynianov
377
Excerpt from My Pushkin by Marina Tsvetaeva
384
Excerpt from Strolls with Pushkin by Abram Tertz
393
Index
399

The Pushkin of Opportunity in the Harlem Renaissance
226
Pushkin in African American Context
248
Contributors
415
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第 3 頁 - Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots ? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

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Catharine Nepomnyashchy is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Russian Literature at Barnard College and director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
Ludmilla A. Trigos is an independent scholar. Nicole Svobodny is a language arts editor at Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

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