Myth(s) of creation: Puškin's 'The Blackamoor of Peter the Great'
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- Myth(s) of creation: Puškin's 'The Blackamoor of Peter the Great'
- Yoon, Saera
- 'The Blackamoor of Peter the Great'; A.S. Puš kin; Creation Myth
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- ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
- RUSSIAN LITERATURE, v.73, no.3, pp.467 - 491
- The Blackamoor of Peter the Great' is Puškin's first, albeit incomplete, prose work and historical novel. It is often assumed to foreground the protagonist, who is modeled after Puškin's African great-grandfather. Yet as I argue, the work is fundamentally about two genesis myths: one centers around the figure of Ibragim 'The Blackamoor', and the other around Peter the Great. Ibragim is presented as the creator or progenitor of a new family - a new people. Peter the Great, the Creator of the new Russian state, is placed in the center of another creation myth. These two dimensions are intricately intertwined within the storyline of the historical narrative and suggest a troubling, complex dynamic between national and personal (hi)stories.
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