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Cornwell, Neil. Pushkin’s ’The Queen of Spades’. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2001. Print.

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This study (first published 1993; second edition 2001) looks at contemporary reactions to Pushkin's best-known prose tale, before turning to Russian Formalist analyses and then to the plethora of subsequent western and Russian critiques. A commentary to the text is then followed by an assessment of a range of readings - old, new and previously untried - designed to test the limits of the 'openness' of Pushkin's text.

Whitehead, Claire.“The Fantastic in Russian Romantic Prose: Pushkin’s ’The Queen of Spades’.” The Gothic-Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature. Ed. Neil Cornwell. Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1999. 103-125. Print.

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Claire Whitehead utilises remarks by Dostoevsky, in addition to Todorov's theory of the Fantastic, to investigate, on a narratological level, the means by which hesitation is planted in the reader's mind in Pushkin's famous tale.

Aizlewood, Robin.“The Alter Ego and the Stone Guest: Doubling and Redoubling Hermann in ’The Queen of Spades’.” Two Hundred Years of Pushkin: Volume 2: Alexander Pushkin: Myth and Monument. Ed. Reid, Robert and Andrew, Joe. Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 2003. 89-102. Print.

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Robin Aizlewood's essay, referring back to quite a number of previous commentators, highlights the phenomenon of doubling in Pushkin's tale, with particular regard to the compositional aspects of the card game essential to the story - the game of faro.

Cornwell, Neil.“’You’ve Heard of the Count Saint-Germain.’.” New Zealand Slavonic Journal 36 (2002): n. pag. Print.

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In a follow-up to his note on the Count (appendix to his critical study of 'The Queen of Spades' of 1993, and addendum to the second edition of 2001), Neil Cornwell here explores the figure of the Count Saint-Germain within Pushkin's tale, plus what is known of his biography, followed by depictions of him in subsequent fiction and occultist tracts. Citations go up to popular fiction by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Umberto Eco, and Boris Akunin.

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