Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Author(s): Catriona Kelly

writing poetry literature

Explores the place and importance of literature in Russian culture. How and when did a Russian national literature come into being? What shaped its creation? How have the Russians regarded their literary language? This book uses the figure of Pushkin, 'the Russian Shakespeare', as an example.


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"It is written in a lively and stimulating manner...and displays a range to which few of Dr. Kelly's peers in the field of Russian scholarship are equal."--Dr. Philip Cavendish

PREFACE; 1. Testament; 2. 'I Have Raised Myself a Monument': Writers Memorials, Writer Cults; 3. 'Tidings of Me Will Go Out over All Great Rus': Pushkin and the Russian Literary Canon; 4. 'I Shall be Famous as long as Another Poet Lives'; 5. 'Awakening Noble Feelings with My Lyre': Russian Writers as 'Masters of Minds'; 6. 'And don't Dispute with Fools': Male and Female Literary Roles from the Salon to the Soyuz pisatele (Union of Writers); 7. 'Every Tribe and Every Tongue Shall Name Me': Russian Literature and 'Prinitive Culture'; 8. 'O Muse, be Obedient to the Command of God': Writing and the Spiritual and Material Worlds; LIST OF FURTHER READING

General Fields

  • : 9780192801449
  • : oup
  • : oup
  • : 0.153
  • : July 2001
  • : 178mm X 111mm X 11mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Catriona Kelly
  • : Paperback
  • : 891.709
  • : 182
  • : 20 halftones, 2 maps