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Title The cambridge companion to twentieth-century Russian literature / edited by Evgeny Dobrenko, Marina Balina

Publ Info New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
 RWU Main Library  PG3017 .C36 2011    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  PG3017 .C36 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xxiv, 297 pages ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
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Series Cambridge companions to literature
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Preface / Evgeny Dobrenko and Marina Balina -- 1. Poetry of the Silver Age / Boris Gasparov -- 2. Prose between Symbolism and Realism / Nikolai Bogomolov -- 3. Poetry of the Revolution / Andrew Kahn -- 4. Prose of the Revolution / Boris Wolfson -- 5. Utopia and the novel after the Revolution / Philip Ross Bullock -- 6. Socialist Realism / Evgeny Dobrenko -- 7. Poetry after 1930 / Stephanie Sandler -- 8. Russian epic novels of the Soviet period / Katerina Clark -- 9. Soviet prose after Stalin / Marina Balina -- 10. Post-Soviet literature between Realism and Postmodernism / Mark Lipovetsky -- 11. Exile and Russian literature / David Bethea and Siggy Frank -- 12. Drama and theatre / Birgit Beumers -- 13. Literature and film / Julian Graffy -- 14. Literary policies and institutions / Maria Zalambani -- 15. Russian critical theory / Caryl Emerson
Note "In Russian history, the twentieth century was an era of unprecedented, radical transformations--changes in social systems, political regimes, and economic structures. A number of distinctive literary schools emerged, each with their own voice, specific artistic character, and ideological background. As a single-volume compendium, the Companion provides a new perspective on Russian literary and cultural development, as it unifies both emigré literature and literature written in Russia. This volume concentrates on broad, complex, and diverse sources--from symbolism and revolutionary avant-garde writings to Stalinist, post-Stalinist, and post-Soviet prose, poetry, drama, and emigré literature, with forays into film, theatre, and literary policies, institutions and theories. The contributors present recent scholarship on historical and cultural contexts of twentieth-century literary development, and situate the most influential individual authors within these contexts, including Boris Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam, Mikhail Bulgakov and Anna Akhmatova"-- Provided by publisher
"The moniker 'Silver Age' refers to the epoch of early and high modernism in Russian culture, which began around the mid-1890s and was put to a rather abrupt end by the October 1917 Revolution. While the most fundamental feature of this time period is marked by its idealist philosophical revolution--a trend Russia shared with other European cultures--its most spectacular manifestation on the Russian scene undoubtedly belonged to poetry and art. In less than a quarter of a century, Russia produced a remarkable constellation of poets, quite a few of whom (Alexander Blok, Mikhail Kuzmin, Osip Mandelshtam, Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Viktor Khlebnikov, Vladimir Mayakovsky) stood at the world-wide cutting edge of the poetic culture of their time. The very feeling of the era seemed to be saturated with poetry: even those authors whose main talent and achievements lay in the domain of prose--such as Andrei Bely, Dmitrii Merezhkovsky, Zinaida Gippius, Fedor Sologub, and Ivan Bunin--made significant contributions to the poetic landscape of the time as well. The flowery name of the age was probably indigenous to the epoch itself, although it never surfaced in documents of the time, perhaps because it was just too obvious to be mentioned. It lay dormant in the collective memory for almost half a century, until it surfaced almost simultaneously in two venues--in the title of critic Sergei Makovsky's memoirs, On the Parnassus of the Silver Age (Munich, 1962), and in a line in Akhmatova's 'Poem without a Hero' (first published in 1965) which mentions 'the silver moon hovering brightly over the Silver Age'"-- Provided by publisher
LC subject Russian literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Add Author Dobrenko, E. A. (Evgeni Aleksandrovich)
Balina, Marina
ISBN 9780521875356 (hardback)
0521875358 (hardback)