The Cambridge companion to the classic Russian novel

This volume offers a thematic account of Russian novels of the 19th and 20th centuries. There are chapters on the city, the countryside, politics, satire, religion, psychology, philosophy, technique, gender and theory.

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Miller, Robin Feuer, 1947-, Jones, Malcolm V.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

The 14 essays in this useful guide cover salient thematic, cultural, and ideological features of the 19th- and 20th-century Russian novel and its common ground with the Western novel. The introduction boldly informs the reader that the principal aim of the Russian novel was "to seek 'the measure of life' in all its dimensions." G.W. Jones provides a particularly illuminating essay on the political ideas that informed the Russian novel, though this reviewer believes that Chernyshevsky (whose political role is underestimated), not Belinsky, marked "the leading spirit behind the radical, revolutionary movement." Belinsky's protest was idealistic and Romantic, and almost exclusively moral. Other highlights include Victor Terras's imperative essay on the how the "realist tradition" was maintained in the two countries (readers may wish to consult Terras's A History of Russian Literature, CH, Jun'92). A discursive essay on philosophy only establishes that Tolstoy and Dostoevsky were antirationalist and antideterminist, and that the "Russian novel places the highest value on the particular, the local, the timely, and on accumulated experience." For collections supporting studies of Russian literature at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. V. D. Barooshian; Wells College

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