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“Boris Godunov” is one of the most famous historical works in Russian literature. Pushkin’s tragedy had a huge impact on ideas about Russian history and the personality of Godunov himself.

In the first lecture of the cycle, the circumstances of the creation of the work, its original idea and the creative method of Alexander Sergeevich, the historical context that caused the emergence of the tragedy and the concept of Pushkin, who reflected on the supreme power, the role of the people and other driving forces of history, will be considered.

The lecturer is Sergey Shokarev, historian, Moscow expert, necropolist, Candidate of Historical Sciences, laureate of the Makariev Prize, senior researcher at the Gogol House.

As part of the cycle dedicated to the historical works of Russian classical writers, students will learn under what conditions famous historical works were created, how the writers worked on them, what sources they used, what methods they used to reconstruct the events of the past, what are the historical concepts of Russian classics. And also about what realities are hidden in the works, elements of fiction and what is the role of delusions.

Of particular importance is the influence of fiction on historical memory. The role of Pushkin’s “Boris Godunov” in shaping public ideas about the Uglich tragedy of 1591, the personality of Tsar Boris Godunov and the Time of Troubles as a whole is enormous. There are deep and varied connections between the classics of Russian literature and historical science.

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