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Don Gouan: Essai d'interprétation du "Convive de pierre" de Pouchkine
Comparative Literature Studies
Vol. 9, No. 3 (Sep., 1972), pp. 283-290
Published by: Penn State University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40246019
Page Count: 8
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The "Stone Guest" of A. S. Pushkin should be interpreted basically as an autobiographical drama. Amongst all the European Don Juans, the one of Pushkin is outstanding because of its extreme concision and originality. It is evidently based on a non-Russian fundamental idea, and modelled on the Don Juans of Tirso de Molina, Villiers, Molière, Byron, Hoffman and da Ponte; but to what extent have these writers exerted an influence upon the Russian writer? The comparison of their works, with that of Pushkin, allows us to analyze their similarities and differences, in style as well as in action, and to better understand the real sources nourishing the author's spirit during the creation of his "Stone Guest." An analysis of the feminine characters as seen by Don Gouan helps us to perceive the inspiring ideas of Pushkin at this period of his life. The references to Pushkin's correspondence reveal and clarify many of the drama's elements, which cannot be understood but in relation to the author's life itself, (in French) (NN)
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