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Russian Literature and the Classics attempts to fill a gap. To date there has been no book-length, systematic study of the impact of antiquity on Russian literature and culture. While by no means claiming to offer a comprehensive approach, the authors focus on various aspects of the influence which the Classics have had on Russian literature at particularly significant junctures - the beginning of the nineteenth century; the age of the great Russian realist novel; the "Silver Age"; Stalin's terror; the "Thaw" ...
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Russian Literature and the Classics

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Russian Literature and the Classics attempts to fill a gap. To date there has been no book-length, systematic study of the impact of antiquity on Russian literature and culture. While by no means claiming to offer a comprehensive approach, the authors focus on various aspects of the influence which the Classics have had on Russian literature at particularly significant junctures - the beginning of the nineteenth century; the age of the great Russian realist novel; the "Silver Age"; Stalin's terror; the "Thaw" after 1956; and the period just before the collapse of Soviet society. In their introductory essay the editors offer an overview of the Classical Tradition. In it, they provide an insight into the contrasting ways in which that tradition manifested itself in the literature of Western Europe and of Russia.
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Slavic Review
By focusing on the relationship between Russian literature and classical antiquity, this work admirably fulfills the stated purpose. Arranged chronologically, this volume examines significant junctures in Russian literary history.
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Peter I. Barta is a lecturer in Russian Studies at the University of Surrey in England. David H. J. Larmour is an associate professor and chair of Classics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Paul Allen Miller is an assistant professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Introduction 1
Thunder Imagery and the Turn Against Horace in Derzhavin's "Evgeniyu. Zhizn' Zvanskaya" (1807) 13
Mediating the Distance: Prophecy and Alterity in Greek Tragedy and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment 35
The Sources of Andrei Bely's Literary Mifotvorchestvo: The Case of the Ableukhovs 59
Hellenism, Culture and Christianity: The Case of Vyacheslav Ivanov and His "Palinode" of 1927 83
Soviet Russia Through the Lens of Classical Antiquity: An Analysis of Greco-Roman Allusions and Thought in the Oeuvre of Vasilii Grossman 117
Classical Motifs in the Poetry of Aleksandr Kushner 143
The Wandering Greek: Images of Antiquity in Joseph Brodsky 161
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