Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Bestuzhev Criticism - Essay

Lauren G. Leighton (essay date July 1969)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Leighton, Lauren G. “Bestuzhev-Marlinsky as a Lyric Poet.” Slavonic and East European Review 47, no. 109 (July 1969): 308-22.

[In the following essay, Leighton discusses Bestuzhev's poetry as a representation of the technical and aesthetic standards of Russia's Golden Age.]

‘Marlinsky is out of fashion these days’, recalled Turgenev in the 1870s, ‘no one reads him and his name is even sneered at; but in the thirties he thundered forth like no one else … put his stamp on the entire generation contemporary to him.’1 A fierce literary critic on behalf of Romanticism in Russia, a glamorous revolutionary of the ill-fated Decembrist movement,...

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Lauren G. Leighton (essay date 1975)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Leighton, Lauren G. “Alexander Marlinsky: The Extravagant Prose—1830-37.” In Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, pp. 94-116. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1975.

[In the following excerpt, Leighton examines Bestuzhev's prose works produced as Alexander Marlinsky, including the sea stories, the horror stories, and the tales of the Caucasus.]

The return of Alexander Bestuzhev to an active literary career under the name Alexander Marlinsky was met with heartily if privately expressed relief, and the event was probably interpreted as a harbinger of imminent political change. Far off in Siberia the exiled Decembrist Küchelbecker received a copy of Marlinsky's new tale...

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N. Kovarsky (essay date 1985)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kovarsky, N. “The Early Bestuzhev-Marlinsky.” In Russian Prose, edited by B. M. Eikhenbaum and Yury Tynyanov, translated and edited by Ray Parrott, pp. 109-26. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1985.

[In the following essay, Kovarsky studies Bestuzhev's prolific literary output during the 1820s.]

A. A. Bestuzhev begins his literary activity at the onset of the 1820s, indeed even earlier. A project related to this early period is the publication of a journal with the characteristic title Zimtserl (compare the attraction for all sorts of ancient Russian mythological names in sentimental-historical tales, such as in Narezhny's Slovenian Evenings [Slovenskie...

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Neil B. Landsman (essay date 1986)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Landsman, Neil B. “Decembrist Romanticism: A. A. Bestuzhev-Marlinsky.1” In Problems of Russian Romanticism, edited by Robert Reid, pp. 64-95. Aldershot, Hants, England: Gower, 1986.

[In the following essay, Landsman discusses Bestuzhev's role as the foremost practitioner of Russian Romanticism in the 1830s.]

It is refreshing to see the wealth of attention being lavished recently on romanticism by distinguished Soviet scholars. Particularly heartening is the attempt to extend the bounds of romanticism and allot it its rightful place in the development of Russian literature. N. L. Stepanov, for example, in 1968 rejects the previous commonly-held...

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Lewis Bagby (essay date fall-winter 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bagby, Lewis. “Bestuzhev's Byron: Cross-Cultural Transformation.” Canadian-American Slavic Studies 29, nos. 3-4 (fall-winter 1995): 271-84.

[In the following essay, Bagby examines some of Bestuzhev's correspondence which reveal the writer's affinity for Byron's life and work, particularly the poem “Darkness.”]

It is the text, with its universal power of world disclosure, which gives a self to the ego.

Paul Ricoeur, Interpretation Theory

This article is an investigation of a reference by Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinskii to Lord Byron's uncharacteristic poem,...

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Lewis Bagby (essay date 1995)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Bagby, Lewis. Introduction to Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky and Russian Byronism, pp. 1-18. University Park, Penn.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

[In the following essay, Bagby reviews Bestuzhev's accomplishments and contributions to the history of Russian literature.]

Literature is a good friend but an evil master.


In early-nineteenth-century Russia, the narratives of Alexander Alexandrovich Bestuzhev-Marlinsky (1797-1837) literally moved men to action, catalyzing life choices by literary example. They captured the imagination of not only his generation...

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Irina Reyfman (essay date 1998)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Reyfman, Irina. “Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky: Bretteur and Apologist of the Duel.” In Russian Subjects: Empire, Nation, and the Culture of the Golden Age, edited by Monika Greenleaf and Stephen Moeller-Sally, pp. 243-57. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, Reyfman discusses Bestuzhev's many representations of dueling within his fiction, maintaining that the author was especially sensitive to the political implications of the practice he so passionately defended.]

Dueling arrived in Russia later and also stopped later than in other European countries except Germany. Furthermore, it was transplanted at the time...

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