Boris Godunov (Hardcover)
Transposition of a Russian Theme (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies)
Indiana University Press, 9780253312303, 288pp.
Publication Date: December 22, 1986
The tale of Boris Godunov--tsar, usurper, tsarecide--dating from the early seventeenth-century Time of Troubles, inspired three major nineteenth-century Russian cultural expressions: in history by Nikolai Karamzin, in drama by Alexander Pushkin, and in opera by Modest Musorgsky. Each of these famous creations was a vehicle for generic innovation, in which a specifically Russian concept of genre was asserted in opposition to the reigning European models: German historiography, French melodrama, and Italian opera. Within a Bakhtinian framework, Caryl Emerson explores these three versions of the Boris Tale, the context of their genesis, and their complex interrelationships.