Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 1, 2001

byCatriona Kelly

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This book is intended to capture the interest of anyone who has been attracted to Russian culture through the greats of Russian literature, either through the texts themselves, or encountering them in the cinema, or opera.Rather than a conventional chronology of Russian literature, the book will explore the place and importance of literature of all sorts in Russian culture. 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 will uses the figure of Pushkin, 'the Russian Shakespeare' as a recurring example as his work influenced every Russian writer who came after hime, whether poets or novelists. It will look at such questions as why Russian writers are venerated, how they've been interpreted inside Russia andbeyond, and the influences of such things as the folk tale tradition, orthodox religion, and the West.

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This book is intended to capture the interest of anyone who has been attracted to Russian culture through the greats of Russian literature, either through the texts themselves, or encountering them in the cinema, or opera.Rather than a conventional chronology of Russian literature, the book will explore the place and importance of lite...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801449

ISBN - 13:9780192801449

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Testament2. 'I Have Raised Myself a Monument': Writers Memorials, Writer Cults3. 'Tidings of Me Will Go Out over All Great Rus': Pushkin and the Russian Literary Canon4. '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 WorldsList of Further Reading

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`It seems to me brilliant and original, taking an unexpected approach to the subject, and it is written with great confidence and clarity.'Professor Peter France, University of Edinburgh