Roughly within the 12 months 1705, a tender African boy, bought from the seraglio of the Turkish sultan, used to be transported to Russia as a present to Peter the nice. This baby, later referred to as Abram Petrovich Gannibal, was once to develop into Peter's godson and to dwell to a ripe previous age, having attained the rank of normal and the prestige of Russian the Aristocracy. extra very important, he used to be to develop into the great-grandfather of Russia's maximum nationwide poet, Alexander Pushkin. it's the competition of the editors of this publication, borne out by way of the essays within the assortment, that Pushkin's African ancestry has performed the function of a "wild card" of varieties as a formative aspect in Russian cultural mythology; and that the ways that Gannibal's legacy has been integrated in or excluded from Pushkin's biography during the last 2 hundred years can function a moving marker of Russia's self-definition.
The first unmarried quantity in English in this wealthy subject, less than the Sky of My Africa addresses the big variety of pursuits implicated within the query of Pushkin's blackness-race reports, politics, American reports, tune, mythopoetic feedback, mainstream Pushkin experiences. In essays which are by way of turns biographical, iconographical, cultural, and sociological in concentration, the authors-representing a huge variety of disciplines and perspectives-take us from the advanced attitudes towards race in Russia in the course of Pushkin's period to the surge of racism in overdue Soviet and post-Soviet modern Russia. In sum, less than the Sky of My Africa presents a wealth of simple fabric at the topic in addition to a chain of provocative readings and interpretations that may impression destiny concerns of Pushkin and race in Russian culture.
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