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The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature


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Evgeny Dobrenko, Marina Balina, Boris Gasparov, Nikolai Bogomolov, Andrew Kahn, Boris Wolfson, Philip Ross Bullock, Stephanie Sandler, Katerina Clark, Mark Lipovetsky, David Bethea, Siggy Frank, Birgit Beumers, Julian Graffy, Maria Zalambani, Caryl Emerson
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521698047

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  • In Russian history, the twentieth century was an era of unprecedented, radical transformations - changes in social systems, political regimes, and economic structures. A number of distinctive literary schools emerged, each with their own voice, specific artistic character, and ideological background. As a single-volume compendium, the Companion provides a new perspective on Russian literary and cultural development, as it unifies both émigré literature and literature written in Russia. This volume concentrates on broad, complex, and diverse sources - from symbolism and revolutionary avant-garde writings to Stalinist, post-Stalinist, and post-Soviet prose, poetry, drama, and émigré literature, with forays into film, theatre, and literary policies, institutions and theories. The contributors present recent scholarship on historical and cultural contexts of twentieth-century literary development, and situate the most influential individual authors within these contexts, including Boris Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam, Mikhail Bulgakov and Anna Akhmatova.

    • An overview of writing in Russia, with coverage of all major authors, works and literary schools
    • Explains the cultural, historical and theoretical contexts of the literature
    • Includes further reading suggestions and a chronology
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    'This Cambridge Companion features a stellar line-up of senior scholars surveying subfields that they not only have led, but sometimes also invented … All fifteen chapters are well-written, informative and authoritative.' Robert Bird, Slavonic and East European Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521698047
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Evgeny Dobrenko and Marina Balina
    1. Poetry of the Silver Age Boris Gasparov
    2. Prose between Symbolism and Realism Nikolai Bogomolov
    3. Poetry of the Revolution Andrew Kahn
    4. Prose of the Revolution Boris Wolfson
    5. Utopia and the novel after the Revolution Philip Ross Bullock
    6. Socialist Realism Evgeny Dobrenko
    7. Poetry after 1930 Stephanie Sandler
    8. Russian epic novels of the Soviet period Katerina Clark
    9. Soviet prose after Stalin Marina Balina
    10. Post-Soviet literature between Realism and Postmodernism Mark Lipovetsky
    11. Exile and Russian literature David Bethea and Siggy Frank
    12. Drama and theatre Birgit Beumers
    13. Literature and film Julian Graffy
    14. Literary policies and institutions Maria Zalambani
    15. Russian critical theory Caryl Emerson.

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

    • Enjoying Literature: Russian Literature
    • Great Russian Writers
    • Russian Realism in Literature and Film
  • Editors

    Evgeny Dobrenko, University of Sheffield
    Evgeny Dobrenko is Professor of Russian at the University of Sheffield.

    Marina Balina, Illinois Wesleyan University
    Marina Balina is Isaac Funk Professor of Russian Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University.


    Evgeny Dobrenko, Marina Balina, Boris Gasparov, Nikolai Bogomolov, Andrew Kahn, Boris Wolfson, Philip Ross Bullock, Stephanie Sandler, Katerina Clark, Mark Lipovetsky, David Bethea, Siggy Frank, Birgit Beumers, Julian Graffy, Maria Zalambani, Caryl Emerson

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