Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature

ISBN-10: 0521606527
ISBN-13: 9780521606523
Edition: 2008
Authors: Caryl Emerson
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Russian literature arrived late on the European scene. Within several generations, its great novelists had shocked - and then conquered - the world. In this introduction to the rich and vibrant Russian tradition, Caryl Emerson weaves a narrative of recurring themes and fascinations across several centuries. Beginning with traditional Russian narratives (saints' lives, folk tales, epic and rogue narratives), the book moves through literary history chronologically and thematically, juxtaposing literary texts from each major period. Detailed attention is given to canonical writers including Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov and Solzhenitsyn, as well as to some current bestsellers from the post-Communist period. Fully accessible to students and readers with no knowledge of Russian, the volume includes a glossary and pronunciation guide of key Russian terms as well as a list of useful secondary works. The book will be of great interest to students of Russian as well as of comparative literature.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Critical models, committed readers, and three Russian Ideas
Literary critics and their public goods
Three Russian Ideas
Heroes and their plots
Righteous persons
Fools
Frontiersmen
Rogues and villains
Society's misfits in the European style
The heroes we might yet see
Traditional narratives
Saints' lives
Folk tales (Baba Yaga, Koshchey the Deathless)
Hybrids: folk epic and Faust tale
Miracle, magic, law
Western eyes on Russian realities: the eighteenth century
Neoclassical comedy and Gallomania
Chulkov's Martona: life instructs art
Karamzin's "Poor Liza"
The astonishing nineteenth century: Romanticisms
Pushkin and honor
Duels
Gogol and embarrassment
Pretendership
Realisms: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov
Biographies of events, and biographies that are quests for the Word
Time-spaces (Dostoevsky and Tolstoy)
Dostoevsky and books
Tolstoy and doing without words
Poets and novelists (Dostoevsky and Nekrasov)
Anton Chekhov: lesser expectations, smaller forms
Symbolist and Modernist world-building: three cities, three novels, and the Devil
The fin de siecle: Solovyov, Nietzsche, Einstein, Pavlov's dogs, political terrorism
Modernist time-spaces and their modes of disruption
City myths: Petersburg, Moscow, OneState
The Stalin years: socialist realism, anti-fascist fairy tales, wilderness
What was socialist realism?
Cement and construction (Fyodor Gladkov)
The Dragon and destruction (Evgeny Shvarts)
Andrei Platonov and suspension
The "right to the lyric" in an Age of Iron
Coming to terms and seeking new terms: from the first Thaw (1956) to the end of the millennium
The intelligentsia and the camps (Solzhenitsyn)
The Underground Woman (Petrushevskaya)
Three ways for writers to treat matter (Sorokin, Pelevin, Akunin)
Notes
Glossary
Guide to further reading
Index

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