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Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Catriona Kelly

Publication Date - December 2001

ISBN: 9780192801449

184 pages
Paperback
4-1/2 x 7 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

Rather than presenting a conventional chronology of Russian literature, Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance in Russian culture of all types of literature. How and when did a Russian national literature come into being? What shaped its creation? How have the Russians regarded their literary language? The book uses the figure of Pushkin--'the Russian Shakespeare'--as a recurring example, as his work influenced every Russian writer who came after him, whether they wrote prose or verse. It furthermore examines why Russian writers are venerated, how they've been interpreted inside Russia and beyond, and the influences of the folk tale tradition, orthodox religion, and the West.

Features

  • Explores the place and importance in Russian culture on all types of literature
  • Uses the figure of Pushkin--'the Russian Shakespeare'--as a recurring example
  • Examines the influences on Russian writers

About the Author(s)

Catriona Kelly is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, and the author of A History of Russian Women's Writing and co-editor of Russian Cultural Studies, both published by OUP.

Reviews

"It is written in a lively and stimulating manner...and displays a range to which few of Dr. Kelly's peers in the field of Russian scholarship are equal."--Dr. Philip Cavendish

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Testament
    2. 'I Have Raised Myself a Monument': Writers Memorials, Writer Cults
    3. 'Tidings of Me Will Go Out over All Great Rus': Pushkin and the Russian Literary Canon
    4. 'I Shall be Famous as long as Another Poet Lives'
    5. 'Awakening Noble Feelings with My Lyre': Russian Writers as 'Masters of Minds'
    6. 'And don't Dispute with Fools': Male and Female Literary Roles from the Salon to the Soyuz pisatele (Union of Writers)
    7. 'Every Tribe and Every Tongue Shall Name Me': Russian Literature and 'Prinitive Culture'
    8. 'O Muse, be Obedient to the Command of God': Writing and the Spiritual and Material Worlds
    List of Further Reading
    Preface
    1. Testament
    2. 'I Have Raised Myself a Monument': Writers Memorials, Writer Cults
    3. 'Tidings of Me Will Go Out over All Great Rus': Pushkin and the Russian Literary Canon
    4. 'I Shall be Famous as long as Another Poet Lives'
    5. 'Awakening Noble Feelings with My Lyre': Russian Writers as 'Masters of Minds'
    6. 'And don't Dispute with Fools': Male and Female Literary Roles from the Salon to the Soyuz pisatele (Union of Writers)
    7. 'Every Tribe and Every Tongue Shall Name Me': Russian Literature and 'Prinitive Culture'
    8. 'O Muse, be Obedient to the Command of God': Writing and the Spiritual and Material Worlds
    List of Further Reading