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The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature

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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521606523

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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 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.

    • No Russian is required to understand and enjoy this book
    • All genres of Russian literature are set in their historical and cultural contexts
    • Includes all the classics as well as the authors most read in Russia today
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    'Apart from the advanced beginner, there are many other categories of reader who will derive profit and enjoyment from this book. … you will embark on a literary tour … that challenges preconceived notions and liberates the imagination.' Modern Language Review

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521606523
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Critical models, committed readers, and three Russian ideas
    2. Heroes and their plots
    3. Traditional narratives
    4. Western eyes on Russian realities: the eighteenth century
    5. The astonishing nineteenth century: Romanticisms
    6. Realisms: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov
    7. Symbolist and modernist world-building: three cities, three novels, and the devil
    8. The Stalin years: socialist realism, anti-Fascist fairy tales, wilderness
    9. Coming to terms and seeking other terms: from the First Thaw (1956) to the end of the millennium
    Postscript: the Russian word in a fluid world
    Notes
    Pronunciations and definitions of Russian words, proper names, and place names occurring in the text (with first occurrence noted)
    The Russian literary canon in English
    Guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Intro to Russian Civilization
    • Modern Russia and Readings in Russian LIteratures
    • Revolution, War and Romance in 20th-Century Russian Literature
    • Senior Seminar in Literature: Russian Literature
  • Author

    Caryl Emerson, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Caryl Emerson is A. Watson Armour III Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.

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