FEB-web is proud to present a Digital Scholarly Edition (DSE) devoted to the life and works of Aleksandr Sergeevich GRIBOEDOV. This DSE is designed to provide the best possible digital medium for pursuing research on Griboedov. Toward that end, we have set three objectives:
The DSE includes the most authoritative editions of Griboedov’s collected works, special scholarly editions of his most well-known work (“Gore ot uma” [“Woe from Wit”]), individual letters and official documents that appeared in various publications, memoirs of Griboedov’s contemporaries, criticism of his works published during his lifetime, and biographical and literary-critical studies of Griboedov. This DSE also includes exclusive bibliographies of Griboedov’s works and scholarly literature on Griboedov, as well as a detailed scholarly chronology of his life and works available nowhere else. The texts and materials in this DSE were compiled with the practical needs of professional scholars, educators, and students in mind. All materials are presented in their entirety with the original pagination and structure. The punctuation and orthography of the original texts are preserved, as are their graphic form. All the editions and works in the DSE are documented in detailed bibliographical annotations.
To help users orient themselves, the DSE is divided into seven thematic sections:
Some of these sections are further broken down into sub-sections (see the descriptions of these sub-sections for more information). Within the sections and sub-sections, works are presented in alphabetical and/or chronological order. Multi-volume works are presented by volume number.
You can also use the indexes for searching and browsing the DSE:
The structure of the DSE is expressed by the expanding “tree” in the frame on the left side of the screen: it starts at the broad level (e.g. the section “Griboedov’s Works”) and goes down to the elemental level of individual works — poems, novels, letters, monographs, articles, etc. Keep clicking, and you’ll get to what you were looking for. Most of these individual works also have an internal structure (e.g. chapters, acts, etc.), which is shown on the left-hand side of the text frame.
Each work has both a full bibliographical citation and a “short name”, which usually includes the author’s surname, an abbreviation of the title, and the publication date. These “short names” are used to identify text frames and for listing works in the “tree”.
The quickest way to find a particular text by Griboedov, of course, is to use the Search function. Click the box next to the field for “Title”, and a list of titles in the DSE will pop up in the frame on the right — check the one you want, run the search, and you’ll receive a full listing of all the editions of all the works with that title available in the DSE. You can also enter the title (or even a few words from the text) into the Lexical Search field. The results will give you immediate access not only to all the editions of that poem, story, novel, etc., but also to all the scholarly articles devoted to it, and any mentions of it in memoirs, critical literature, biographies, letters, and all kinds of other documents in the DSE.
Generally speaking, the structure of the DSE is an intuitive way to organize a huge amount of information — sit down for a few minutes, try a couple searches, familiarize yourself with the format, and you’ll be ready to work with the most complete digital collection of Griboedov, Griboedov scholarship, and related documents on the planet.