Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Reverberations of RevolutionTransnational Perspectives, 1770-1850$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Elizabeth Amann and Michael Boyden

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474481588

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481588.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 29 June 2022

Pugachev Goes Global: The Revolutionary Potential of Translation

Pugachev Goes Global: The Revolutionary Potential of Translation

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter 1 Pugachev Goes Global: The Revolutionary Potential of Translation
Source:
Reverberations of Revolution
Author(s):

Malte Griesse

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481588.003.0002

This chapter by Malte Griesse explores the reverberations of what was probably the most serious revolutionary event in eighteenth-century Europe before the French Revolution: the Pugachev Rebellion of 1773–75. This Cossack “uprising” was led by Emel’ian Pugachev, who posed as Peter III, the tsar who had been ousted and assassinated in 1762. After the rebellion was suppressed, Catherine the Great, Peter III’s widow and successor, attempted to silence all discussion of the events in Russia. She was unable, however, to control their reverberations abroad. Griesse examines two accounts of the uprising by foreign writers. The first is a 1775 biography of Pugachev in French (allegedly a translation of a Russian original) that represents the rebel as a cosmopolitan figure and Enlightenment reformer. The work serves both to critique despotism in France and to challenge Catherine II’s monopoly on Enlightenment discourse in Russia. The second text, which seems a reaction to the first, is an anonymous German account of the revolt, which depicts Pugachev as an illiterate brute. Griesse analyzes the contexts in which these works were published and traces how these representations were “retranslated” into Russian when the taboo began to be relaxed.

Keywords:   Pugachev Rebellion, Emel’ian Pugachev, damnatio memoriae, retranslation, pseudotranslation, Russia, Alexander Pushkin

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.