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Bakhtin and Intergeneric Shift: The Case of Boris Godunov
Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature
This essay draws on the historical and artistic image of Boris Godunov to illustrate Bakhtin's concept of "reaccentuation," or the transfer of literary images to new contexts. Russia of the 19th century was particularly well served by the Boris Tale. It inspired her first great popular historian, her greatest poet, and one of her greatest composers. Nikolai Karamzin's History of the Russian State (1816-29) ended with the Time of Troubles, and Karamzin's treatment of Boris Godunov became a modeldoi:10.4148/2334-4415.1157 fatcat:cl53gynnnraqjiiq754xynzwzm