S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (러시아문화권연구소) 러시아연구 (Russian Studies) 러시아연구 Volume 08 Number 1/2 (1998)
푸슈킨의 동양 여행
Pushkin ’s Joumey to the Orient
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 러시아연구소
- 러시아연구, Vol.8 No.2, pp. 1-25
- Throughout his entire life Pushkin journeyed to the Orient twice: in 1820 during his southern exile, and in 1828 on the Russian campaign to Kavkaz. Although his physical journey to the area was restricted to two occasions, the Orient - its actual as well as its imaginary attractions - continued to be a part of the poet’s great interest, which is vividly documented in his numerous, and various, forms of writing. The Orient, of course, is the Romantic locus of poetic power and freedom; the Orient is also the object of Pushkin’s, and Russia' s, imperialistic desire; the Orient, towards the end of his life, symbolizes a purely foreign, yet lost place of
“peace and will", whither the exhausted poet repeatedly longed to run away.
By examining his personal letters and works, especially “The Prisoner of Kavkaz" and “The Journey to Arzrum" , we witness Pushkin’s genera1 view on the Oriental Question, his “orientalism", which at times was far from being democratic or humanistic. What we actually see in Pushkin as an “European" Russian is not a Romantic poet per se, but rather a clear minded man of practical sense and poetic sensibility, eternally entrapped in the Romantic irony of ambivalence.