Russian Literature Since The Revolution / Edition 1

Russian Literature Since The Revolution / Edition 1

by Edward J. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674782046

ISBN-13: 9780674782044

Pub. Date: 08/09/2002

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Introduction: Literature and the Political Problem

1. Since 1917: A Brief History

Soviet Literature
Persistence of the Past
Fellow Travelers
Proletarians
The Stalinists
Socialist Realism
The Thaw
The Sixties and Seventies

2. Mayakovsky and the Left Front of Art

The Suicide Note
Vladimir Mayakovsky, A Tragedy<

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Introduction: Literature and the Political Problem

1. Since 1917: A Brief History

Soviet Literature
Persistence of the Past
Fellow Travelers
Proletarians
The Stalinists
Socialist Realism
The Thaw
The Sixties and Seventies

2. Mayakovsky and the Left Front of Art

The Suicide Note
Vladimir Mayakovsky, A Tragedy
The Cloud
"The Backbone Flute"
The Commune and the Left Front
The Bedbug and The Bath
Mayakovsky as a Monument
Poets of Different Camps

3. Prophets of a Brave New World

The Machine and England
Olesha's Critique of the Reason
Envy and Rage

4. The Intellectuals, I

Serapions
Boris Pilnyak: Biology and History

5. The Intellectuals, II

Isaac Babel: Horror in a Minor Key
Konstantin Fedin: The Confrontation with Europe
Leonov and Katayev
Conclusion

6. The Proletarians, I

The Proletcult
The Blacksmith Poets
Yury Libedinsky: Communists as Human Beings
Tarasov-Rodionov: ,"Our Own Wives, Our Own Children"
Dmitry Furmanov: An Earnest Commissar
A. S. Serafimovich: A Popular Saga

7. The Proletarians, II

Fyodor Gladkov: A Literary Autodidact
Alexander Fadeyev: The Search for a New Leo Tolstoy
Mikhail Sholokhov: The Don Cossacks
A Scatter of Minor Deities
Conclusion

8. The Critic Voronsky and the Pereval Group

Criticism and the Study of Literature
Voronsky
Pereval

9. The Levers of Control under Stalin

Resistance
The Purge
The Literary State

10. Zoshchenko and the Art of Satire

11. After Stalin: The First Two Thaws

Pomerantsev, Panova, and The Guests
Ilya Ehrenburg and Alexey Tolstoy
The Second Thaw
The Way of Pasternak

12. Into the Underground

The Literary Parties
The Trouble with Gosizdat: End of a Thaw
Buried Treasure: Platonov and Bulgakov
The Exodus into Samizdat and Tamizdat: Sinyavsky

13. Solzhenitsyn and the Epic of the Camps

One Day
The First Circle and The Cancer Ward
The Gulag
The Calf and the Oak: Dichtung and Wahrheit
Other Contributions to the Epic

14. The Surface Channel, I: The Village

15. The Surface Channel, II: Variety of Theme and Style

The City: Intelligentsia, Women, Workers
The Backwoods: Ethical Problems
Other New Voices of the Sixties and Seventies
World War II
Published Poets
A Final Word on Socialist Realism

16. Exiles, Early and Late

The Exile Experience
"Young Prose" and What Became of It
Religious Quest: Maximov and Ternovsky
Truth through Obscenity: Yuz Aleshkovsky
Transcendence and Tragedy: Erofeev's Trip
Poetry of the Daft: Sasha Sokolov
Perversion of Logic as Ideology: Alexander Zinoviev
A Gathering of Writers

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674782044
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/09/2002
Edition description:
ENL
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
0.94(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Long recognized as the best and most comprehensive work on its subject, Edward J. Brown's fine book is now thoroughly revised and updated. It provides a compendious treatment of Russian literature from the revolutionary period to the early 1980s.

Every stage in the evolution of Russian literature since 1917, every major author, all the important literary organizations, groups, and movements, are sharply outlined, with a wealth of often unfamiliar detail and a notable economy of means. Critical essays on Mayakovsky, Zamyatin, Olesha, Pasternak, Brodsky, Solzhenitsyn, Rasputin, Erofeev, and many others offer sophisticated formal and thematic analyses of a very large array of literary masterpieces.

The book examines and makes intelligible the persistent conflict between the writer and the state, between the literary artist's urge for untrammeled self-expression and the pervasive control of intellectual activity exercised by the Soviet government. Chapters on "The Levers of Control under Stalin," "The First Two Thaws," "Into the Underground," and "Solzhenitsyn and the Epic of the Camps" reveal the conditions under which Russian literature was produced in various periods and investigate the forces that drove an important segment of the literature into clandestine publication or into exile. "Exiles, Early and Late" deals with some of the leading figures in émigré literature and examines the condition of exile as an influence on literary creation. "The Surface Channel" describes and analyzes a number of significant works published aboveground in the Soviet Union during the sixties and seventies. Brown abandons the old distinction between Soviet and émigré literature, treating all Russian writing as part of a single stream, divided since 1917 into two currents not totally separate but subtly interrelated.

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