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The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)by Caryl Emerson
Synopses & Reviews
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.
An engaging overview of the Russian literary tradition, with a glossary and guide to further reading.
This introduction explains the key themes and forms of each major period, with close readings of canonical writers including Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Fully accessible to students and readers without Russian, the volume includes a glossary of key Russian terms as well as a list of useful secondary works.
About the Author
Caryl Emerson is A. Watson Armour III Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University.
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.
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