Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Harden, Evelyn Jasiulko. “Griboedov and the Willock Affair.” Slavic Review 30, no. 1 (March 1971): 74-92.

Discusses an unpublished Griboedov letter believed to be his final correspondence prior to the Persian massacre of the Russian mission in Tehran in February, 1829.


Clayton, J. Douglas. “'Tis Folly To Be Wise: The Semantics of um- in Griboedov's Gore ot uma.” In Text and Context: Essays to Honor Nils Åke Nilsson, edited by Peter Alberg Jensen, Barbara Lönnqvist, Fiona Björling, Lars Kleberg, and Anders Sjöberg, pp. 7-15. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1987.

Analyzes the semantics of um and the frequency of its use in Griboedov's play, suggesting that such an analysis provides insight into the hero's primary dilemma.

Hammerbeck, David. “Opposition and Transformation: Dialogism in Russian and Soviet Satire.” European Studies Journal 17-18, nos. 2-1 (fall-spring 2000-2001): 163-82.

Examines three Russian satirical plays—Griboedov's Woe from Wit, Sukhovo-Kobylin's The Death of Tarelkin, and Erdman's The Suicide—and the oppositional strategies employed in each as they attempted to reform the inequalities of Russian society.

Mirsky, Prince D. S. Introduction to The Mischief of Being Clever (Gore ot Uma), by Aleksandr Sergeevich Griboedov, translated by Sir Bernard Pares, pp. iii-xv. London: School of Slavonic Studies in the University of London, King's College, 1925.

Provides a brief overview of Griboedov's life and praises the realism of various facets of his work.

Additional coverage of Griboedov's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 205; Literature Resource Center; Reference Guide to World Literature, Eds. 2, 3.