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To discuss Bazarov in terms of his Byronic traits and ancestry several terms should be defined The phenomenon of Byronism alone deserves an entire monograph study It is not my intention to definitively establish a definitive conception of Byronism rather it is to identify traces of European and Russian Byronic imitations and influences on Turgenev as author and creator of Bazarov To avoid encountering serious debate on the specific characteristics of Byronism as a literary movement Byronism as understood in this essay can be characterized by the personal and public lifestyle of the poet and by the darkly heroic characters he created which were modeled on his own philosophical conception of himself and his place in the world Russian Romanticism will be considered a later extension or continuation of a particularly Byronic brand of European Romanticism that in its later incarnations focused upon the perceived demonic and oriental nature of Byron and his characters often applied to the contemporary political and social situation in Russia Though various specific dates have been applied to this intellectual period this essay will combine and conflate the dating used by D S Mirsky and by Charles A Moser to between 1820 and 1841 Most often Russian Romantic authors expressed their philosophies in poetry-often in imitations and loose interpretations of Byrons oriental tales-but frequently chose also to express their ideals in their manner of living Nihilism requires at least a working definition while a more detailed listing of several characteristics of nihilism will be developed later in the paper a general conception of the term will be a movement of which Bazarov was the first literary example the creation of whom became a critical defining moment in Russian revolutionary history Bazarovs emergence created a dual conception of nihilism-a philosophical stance of negation with various precedents including Byron himself and a movement of revolutionary reform involving a group of individuals practicing nihilisms philosophical principle of negation The structure
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