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A Russian Dialogue With the West: Alexander Pushkins’s “The Queen of Spades”. “The Queen of Spades means secret hostility.” A New Book on Fortunetelling. Alexander Pushkin and His Times. (1799—1837). Pushkin’s Family. Pushkin’s Mother. Pushkin’s Father. Imperial Lyceum (Tsarskoe Selo).

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A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

A Russian Dialogue With the West:

Alexander Pushkins’s

“The Queen of Spades”

“The Queen of Spades means secret hostility.”

A New Book on Fortunetelling


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

Alexander Pushkin and His Times

(1799—1837)


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

Pushkin’s Family

Pushkin’s Mother

Pushkin’s Father


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

Imperial Lyceum (Tsarskoe Selo)

Pushkin’s dacha, where he wrote “The Queen of Spades”

Natalia Goncharova, Pushkin’s Wife

The Duel Spot

Pushkin’s study


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

The Golden Age of Russian Culture

  • The Making of a Nation:

  • Westerners and Slavophiles

Nicholas I (1796—1855)

*ruled 1825--1855

Alexander I (1777--1825)

* ruled 1801--1825


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

“The Queen of Spades”:

East Meets West, or

Strange Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Russians at home and abroad

  • The foreign presence in the story


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

The West-Europeans in Pushkin’s Tale

(in order of appearance in the text)

Duke de Richelieu

(1696—1788)

St.Germain

(1710—1784)

Giacomo Casanova

(1725—1798)

Dante Alighieri

(1265—1321)

Napoleon Bonaparte

(1769—1821)

Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier

(1745—1799)

Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun

(1755-1842)

Franz Mesmer

(1734—1815)

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier

(1740—1810)

Emmanuel Swedenborg

(1688—1772)


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

“Two fixed ideas can no more exist in one mind than, in the physical sense, two bodies can occupy one and the same place.” (Ch. 6, p. 880)

~ Genre questions

~ “Romantic” and “Realistic” interpretations of “The Queen of Spades”

  • Tchaikovskii’s opera

  • Iakov Protazanov’s 1916 silent film version (script by Fiodor Otsep)


A russian dialogue with the west alexander pushkins s the queen of spades

A Russian Faust?

  • Hermann’s madness

  • Numbers and cards

  • Dream imagery

  • the “poor”Lisa


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