An Anthology of Russian Women's Writing, 1777-1992

An Anthology of Russian Women's Writing, 1777-1992

by Catriona Kelly
     
 

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This is the first systematic historical anthology of Russian women's writing to appear in any language. It provides a radically new sense of the development of Russian women's writing over the last 200 years, including important texts by well-known writers such as Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Elena Shvarts, and Olga Sedakova, as well as introducing outstanding

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This is the first systematic historical anthology of Russian women's writing to appear in any language. It provides a radically new sense of the development of Russian women's writing over the last 200 years, including important texts by well-known writers such as Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, Elena Shvarts, and Olga Sedakova, as well as introducing outstanding works by lesser-known authors such as Sofya Soboleva, Olga Shapir, Mariya Shkapskaya, Anna Barkova, and Vera Merkureva.

This rich collection of poems, drama, plays, and stories includes works that have never before been translated into English. All of the selections are freshly translated and the poetry appears in the original Russian along with English translations.

Editorial Reviews

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"A thoughtful and thorough selection of texts by Russian women writers. This anthology is a great service to the profession—at last these texts are readily available for teaching in translation."—Anthony Vanchu, University of Texas at Austin

"It is great to have all these hitherto difficult-to-get texts available in one volume. It was a good idea to include the Russian text of the poems."—Paul Debreczeny, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"[A] wonderful addition to books currently available for undergraduate/graduate study."—Robert A. Smart, Bradford College

"Well selected collection. Particularly valuable are the more obscure texts. Very nice to have the poetry in a bilingual format."—Andrew Wachtel, Northwestern University

"The Anthology is especially welcome because it will make these writers available to those who do not read Russian. The mix of texts—short with long, obscure with known, prose with poetry—succeeds brilliantly, and I especially applaud the way the poetry translations capture the formal qualities of the original."—Stephanie Sandler, Amherst College

"[Kelly's] notes and translations will undoubtedly be appreciated by students of Russian literature. It is an especially great achievement to have introduced readers to a number of authors such as Shapir, Soboleva and Barkova, to name but a few, whose work has been overlooked in the past."—Slovo

"Catriona Kelly's history and anthology are impressive, much needed works in the field of Russian Literature....A History of Russian Women's Writing provides valuable information."—Studies in Short Fiction

"Translations of the prose selections are excellent; those of the poetry provide equivalents rather than literal readings, and the inclusion of the original poems in Russian in an appendix is truly beneficial....[A] high level of scholarship...this impressive anthology should be included in the syllabus of every survey course of Russian literature taught in English."—World Literature Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198715047
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/19/1994
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.54(d)

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University of London

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