Radishchev’s “Bova” and Its Place in the History of Russian Folkloric Stylization

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Aleksandr Radishchev (1749–1802) has long been recognized for the boldness and originality of his writings. The present essay examines a substantial but largely forgotten poetic work (“Bova”), focusing on its experimental metrics. The author considers Radishchev’s possible motivations in creating this unprecedented form and suggests a new means of categorizing it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-89
Number of pages29
JournalStudia Metrica et Poetica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 31 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


  • Karamzin
  • Radishchev
  • folklore
  • metrics
  • stylization


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