Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)


Mirsky, D. S. “Prose.” In Pushkin, pp. 183-86. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1963.

Provides a summary of the novella and deems it “beyond doubt Pushkin's masterpiece in prose.”


Bayley, John. “Prose.” In Pushkin: A Comparative Commentary, pp. 306-54. London: Cambridge University Press, 1971.

Traces Pushkin's stylistic development by examining his prose works, including The Queen of Spades.

Lotman, Jurij M. “Theme and Plot: The Theme of Cards and the Card Game in Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century.” PTL 3, no. 3 (October 1978): 455-92.

Explores the function of the card game in Russian literature, including The Queen of Spades.

Nabokov, Véra and Barabtarlo, Gennady. “A Possible Source for Pushkin's ‘Queen of Spades’.” Russian Literature Triquarterly 24 (1991): 43-62.

Regards Friedrich Heinrich Carl, Baron de La Motte Fouqué's Pique-Dame as an influence on The Queen of Spades.

Pursglove, Michael. “Chronology in Pushkin's ‘Pikovaya dama’.” Irish Slavonic Studies 6 (1985): 11-18.

Offers a timeline for the events of The Queen of Spades.

Reeder, Roberta. “The Queen of Spades: A Parody of the Hoffmann Tale.” In New Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose, edited by George J. Gutsche and Lauren G. Leighton, pp. 73-98. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Publishers, 1981.

Examines The Queen of Spades as a parody of an E. T. A. Hoffmann tale.

Shapovalov, Veronica. “A. S. Pushkin and the St. Petersburg Text.” In The Contexts of Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, edited by Peter I. Barta and Ulrich Goebel, pp. 43-54. Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1988.

Considers The Queen of Spades as a prime example of the “St. Petersburg text.”

Vickery, Walter N. “The Little House in Kolomna, Angelo, Fairy Tales in Verse, The Bronze Horseman, and Prose Writings.” In Alexander Pushkin, pp. 126-28. New York: Twayne, 1992.

Brief synopsis of the tale and its major thematic concerns.

Additional coverage of Pushkin's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 205; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Dramatists, Most-studied Authors and Poets; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Exploring Short Stories; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 3, 27, 83; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 10; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; Reference Guide to World Literature, Ed. 2; Short Story Criticism, Vol. 27; Short Stories for Students, Vol. 9; Something About the Author, Vol. 61; and World Literature Criticism.