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

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“This is a most impressive and elegantly written book. A Fallen Idol Is Still a God is a wonderfully mature, insightful, and carefully thought-out study of Lermontov’s texts and place in literary history. Specifically, it surpasses earlier studies in the precision and originality of its treatment of Lermontov’s Romanticism.”—William Mills Todd III, Harvard University
“How does one describe a cultural period between two epochs without saying, anachronistically, that things were tending towards where they wound up going? Can one describe the sense that one has outlived one set of practices and visions but not yet arrived at an alternative? Developing her own model of transitional periods, Allen shows how to describe a prominent writer's creative efforts when his fallen idol is still a god. In the process, she offers a compelling portrait of Lermontov, brings his works to life in a new way, and demonstrates that some of them are even better than we thought.” —Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
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"This is a most impressive and elegantly written book. A Fallen Idol Is Still a God is a wonderfully mature, insightful, and carefully thought-out study of Lermontov's texts and place in literary history. Specifically, it surpasses earlier studies in the precision and originality of its treatment of Lermontov's Romanticism."—William Mills Todd III, Harvard University

"How does one describe a cultural period between two epochs without saying, anachronistically, that things were tending towards where they wound up going? Can one describe the sense that one has outlived one set of practices and visions but not yet arrived at an alternative? Developing her own model of transitional periods, Allen shows how to describe a prominent writer's creative efforts when his fallen idol is still a god. In the process, she offers a compelling portrait of Lermontov, brings his works to life in a new way, and demonstrates that some of them are even better than we thought."—Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

"Allen's book is a fine addition to Golstein's and Powelstock's recent Lermontov scholarship, and one hopes that A Fallen Idol will find wide readership."—Slavic and East European Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804753708
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Elizabeth Cheresh Allen is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Bryn Mawr College; she is also Chair of the Department of Russian and Co-chair of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Program in Comparative Literature. She is author of Beyond Realism: Turgenev's Poetics of Secular Salvation (1992), editor of The Essential Turgenev (1994), and coeditor of Freedom and Responsibility in Russian Literature (1995).
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