The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel

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Overview

The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel offers a thematic account of a tradition that produced some of the most influential novels of the Western world. In newly-commissioned essays by prominent scholars, the work of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn and many others is described and discussed. There is a chronology and guide to further reading, and all quotations are in English. The volume will be invaluable for students, scholars and anyone interested in the Russian novel.
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"The 14 essays in this useful guide cover salient thematic, cultural, and ideological features of the 19th- and 20th-century Russian novel and its common ground with the Western novel. For collections supporting studies of Russian literature at the upper-division undergraduate level and above." Choice

"This book is a 'real companion' to Slavic scholars, a boon to students of Russian literature, and informative for readers generally interested in finding out how any or all of those themes are tackled in Russian novels. I congratulate the editors for bringing out as much needed book which gives an overview into some of the basic topics that we discuss when dealing with novels. What is amazing is that the book contains articles written by the foremost scholars in the field in a very clear, simple, straightforward style, making it a useful book as reference to specialists and an enlightening guide for novices." Radha Balasubramanian, The Russian Review

"When one thinks of a single work that could serve as a comprehensive guide to the Russian novel this book must surely stand at or near the top of any list...erudite and often brillian essays...This superb volum is a must for anyone interesting in understanding [the Russian novelistic tradtion]. Canadian Slavonic Papers

"...The Classic Russian Novel is a well-conceived, insightful, and thought-provoking study that will be of interest to any serious student of the Russian novel." David Gasperetti, Slavic Review

"...this collection comprises a unique and valuable contribution to the field." Rebecca Epstein Matveyev, Slavic and East European Journal

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Notes on contributors; Chronology; Editors' preface Malcolm V. Jones and Robin Feuer Miller; 1. Introduction Malcolm V. Jones ; Part I. The Setting: 2. The city Robert Maguire; 3. The countryside Hugh MacLean; Part II. The Culture: 4. Politics Gareth Jones; 5. Satire Lesley Milne; 6. Religion Jostein Børtnes; 7. Psychology and society Andrew Wachtel; 8. Philosophy in the nineteenth-century novel Gary Saul Morson; Part III: The Literary Tradition: 9. The romantic tradition Susanne Fusso; 10. The realist tradition Victor Terras; 11. The modernist tradition Robert Russell; Part IV. Structures and Readings: 12. Novelistic technique Robert Belknap; 13. Gender Barbara Heldt; 14. Theory Caryl Emerson; Guide to further reading; Index.
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