The Cambridge History of Russian Literature / Edition 1

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An updated edition of this comprehensive narrative history, containing a new chapter on Russian literature of the 1980s and additional bibliographical information.

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"...the Cambridge history offers some important insights." Vasily Rudich, New Criterion

"...offers a solid introduction to its subject matter." Choice

" immensely useful book." The Times Higher Education Supplement

"Professor Moser has had no easy task, and the overall result is a testimony to his very considerable skills as an editor. He facilitates the transition from one period to the next by furnishing at the beginning of each chapter a brief thumbnail sketch of the new period. In themselves these sketches are models of judiciousness. Read in sequence, they provide a fine condensed history of the entire literature....this volume will clearly become an important tool for both teachers and students of the Russian literary tradition." J. Douglas Clayton, Canadian Slavonic Papers

A comprehensive history from the Christianization of Russia to the present. It devotes proper attention to the medieval period and the generally neglected 18th c.; provides in-depth coverage of the great flowering of Russian literature in the 19th and early 20th centuries; and focuses on literature produced since the 1917 revolution both within the Soviet Union and by the emigre community. This book is very likely to become the standard English reference on the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521425674
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Edition description: Rev. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The literature of old Russia, 988–1730 Jostein Bortnes; 2. The eighteenth century: neoclassicism and the Enlightenment 1730–90 Ilya Serman; 3. The transition to the modern age: sentimentalism and preromanticism, 1790–1820 Mark Altshuller; 4. The nineteenth century: romanticism, 1820–40 John Mersereau Jr; 5. The nineteenth century: the natural school and its aftermath, 1840–55 Richard Peace; 6. The nineteenth century: the age of realism, 1855–80 Richard Freeborn; 7. The nineteenth century: between realism and modernism, 1880-95 Julian Connolly; 8. Turn of a century: modernism, 1895–1925 Evelyn Bristol; 9. The twentieth century: the era of socialist realism, 1925–53 Victor Terras; 10. The twentieth century: in search of new ways, 1953–80 Geoffrey Hosking; 11. Russian literature in the 1980s Efim Ethird; Bibliography Charles Moser; Index.

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