Plotting History: The Russian Historical Novel in the Imperial Age

Hardcover | November 2, 2007

byDan Ungurianu

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Balanced precariously between fact and fiction, the historical novel is often viewed with suspicion. Some have attacked it as a mongrel form, a “bastard son” born of “history’s flagrant adultery with imagination.” Yet it includes some of the most celebrated achievements of Russian literature, with Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Leo Tolstoy, and scores of other writers contributing to this tradition.
    Dan Ungurianu’s Plotting History traces the development of the Russian historical novel from its inception in the romantic era to the emergence of Modernism on the eve of the Revolution. Organized historically and thematically, the study is focused on the cultural paradigms that shaped the evolution of the genre and are reflected in masterpieces such as The Captain’s Daughter and War and Peace. Ungurianu examines the variety of approaches by which Russian writers combined fact with fiction and explores the range of subjects that inspired the Russian historical imagination.

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“Ungurianu has produced a most valuable work for literary scholars.”—Andrew M. Drozd, Slavic and East European Journal

“[Ungurianu’s] overwhelming knowledge, impeccable documentation, erudite notes, and valuable addenda make for a treasure house of information and keen analysis. . . . Essential.”—Choice

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Balanced precariously between fact and fiction, the historical novel is often viewed with suspicion. Some have attacked it as a mongrel form, a “bastard son” born of “history’s flagrant adultery with imagination.” Yet it includes some of the most celebrated achievements of Russian literature, with Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Leo ...

Dan Ungurianu is associate professor of Russian studies at Vassar College.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 2, 2007Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299225003

ISBN - 13:9780299225001

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“An exceedingly well-produced and richly informative study of an aspect of the pre-revolutionary Russian novel that has received little specific attention in previous works on the subject, Dan Ungurianu’s Plotting History can be regarded as masterly.”—Richard Freeborn, Slavonic and East European Review