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Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature

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ISBN-10: 052184469X

ISBN-13: 9780521844697

Edition: 2008

Authors: Caryl Emerson

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 308
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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 si�cle: 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