Composed during Pushkin’s first Boldino Autumn, the most productive literary period of his career, “Mistress into Maid” and “The Blizzard,” treat the issues of love and marriage, which were at the forefront of his consciousness. This article considers why the poet reframed his Tatiana and Eugene in two comic, quasi-sentimental adventure stories, at the very time when he was preparing for his upcoming wedding. Using a combination of close reading and careful analysis of Pushkin’s letters and autobiographical prose from the period, I will show that Pushkin provides each of the characters in his love stories with various facets of his own personality. Thus, the sudden and unlikely endings so attacked by critics may have been Pushkin’s way of approaching what he most desired and feared.
|Canadian Slavonic Papers
|Accepted/In press - Nov 2021