The Cambridge companion to twentieth-century Russian literature

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Dobrenko, E. A., Balina, Marina.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge companions.
Online Access: Online version
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This collection of 15 essays by various writers surveys Russian poetry and prose from the Silver Age through the Soviet period and the final years of the 20th century. The contributors are well-known scholars, chiefly from the UK and the US with a scattering of Russians. Of uniformly high quality, the essays are organized by a combination of genre and time period: four essays treat poetry and six treat prose. They look at the pre-revolutionary period, the Russian Revolution, Socialist realism, Soviet epic novels, the post-Stalin thaw, and post-Soviet work. Exile literature gets a chapter but deserves more extended coverage than it receives here. Drama and literature-based film also receive their due, in separate essays. Essays on literary policies and critical theory round out the collection. The front matter includes a nine-page chronology; bibliographic source notes and citations of about ten relevant (mostly recent) books follow each essay. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. B. Johnson emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara

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