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An Anthology of Russian literature from earliest writings to modern fiction : introduction to a culture
Rzhevsky, Nicholas, 1943-
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [1996]

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xiv, 587 pages ; 24 cm

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Russia has a rich, huge, unwieldy cultural tradition. How to grasp it? This classroom reader is designed to respond to that problem. The literary works selected for inclusion in this anthology introduce the core cultural and historic themes of Russia's civilisation. Each text has resonance throughout the arts - in Rublev's icons, Meyerhold's theatre, Mousorgsky's operas, Prokofiev's symphonies, Fokine's choreography and Kandinsky's paintings. This material is supported by introductions, helpful annotations and bibliographies of resources in all media. The reader is intended for use in courses in Russian literature, culture and civilisation, as well as comparative literature.

Author Notes

Nicholas Rzhevsky (PhD, Princeton) is Professor and Chair of the department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Stony Brook University

Table of Contents

I Cultural Beginnings
1 The Tale of Igor
2 Anonymous, "Boris and Gleb"
3 "The Life of Alexis, Holy Man of God"
II The Emerging Self
4 Avvakum. The Life of Avvakum
III The Search for Identity
5 Gavrila Derzhavin, "Felicity"
6 "The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa"
7 Nikolai Karamzin, "Poor Liza" ÿet;20
8 Alexander Pushkin, "The Bronze Horseman"
9 Mikhail Lermontov, "Borodino"
10 Mikhail Lermonotov, "Taman"
IV Subversions of Secularization
11 Alexander Pushkin, Boris Godunov
12 Alexander Pushkin, "The Queen of Spades"
13 Nikolai Gogol, "The Overcoat"
14 Ivan Turgenev, "Bezhin Meadow"
15 Fedor Dostoevsky, "The Meek One"
16 Nikolai Leskov, "Lefty"
17 Leo Tolstoy, "Holstomer"
V New Aesthetic Languages
18 Anton Chekhov, "The Lady with the Lapdog"
19 Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard, Act One
20 Alexander Blok, "The Puppet Show"
21 Anna Akhmatova, "The Gray-Eyed King"
22 Vladimir Mayakovsky, "Listen!"
23 Marina Tsvetaeva, "I ask the mirror for a glimpse..."
24 Marina Tsvetaeva, "Verses about Moscow"
25 Valery Briusov, "Barely a Tenth"
26 Andrei Bely, from Petersburg: "The Escape"
VI Thresholds: Soviet Culture and Beyond
27 Isaak Babel, "The King"
28 Sergei Esenin, "Farewell, my friend, farewell"
29 Ilf and Petrov, from Twelve Chairs: "The Sword and the Plow"
30 Mikhail Sholokhov, Virgin Soil Upturned, Ch. 7, Bk. 1
31 Mikhail Zoshchenko, "Crime and Punishment"
32 Osip Mandelstam, "We live without feeling..."
33 Anna Akhmatova, "The Last Toast"
34 Daniil Kharms, "Makarov and Peterson"
35 Chapayev Anecdotes
36 Mikhail Bulgakov, from The Master and Margarita: "Black Magic and Its Exposure"
37 Boris Pasternak, "Hamlet"
38 Vladimir Vysotsky, "Morning Exercise"
39 Fedor Abramov, "Wooden Horses"