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A Fallen Idol Is Still a God: Lermontov and the Quandaries of Cultural Transition

Elizabeth Cheresh Allen


This book elucidates the historical distinctiveness and significance of the seminal nineteenth-century Russian poet, playwright, and novelist Mikhail Iurevich Lermontov (1814–1841) by demonstrating that his works illustrate the condition of living in an epoch of transition. Lermontov's particular epoch was that of post-Romanticism, a time when the twilight of Romanticism was dimming but the dawn of Realism had yet to appear. Through close and comparative readings, the book explores the singular metaphysical, psychological, ethical, and aesthetic ambiguities and ambivalences that mark Lermontov ... More

Keywords: Mikhail Iurevich Lermontov, condition of living, transition, post-Romanticism, Realism, Romanticism, transitional epoch, twenty-first century, Russian poet, playwright

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804753708
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Cheresh Allen, author