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The Routledge companion to Russian literature
Cornwell, Neil.
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London ; New York : Routledge, [2001]

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x, 271 pages ; 25 cm.
Russian literature, the first thousand years / Old Russian literature and its heritage / Russian literature in the eighteenth century / Folklore and Russian literature / Religious writing in post-Petrine Russia / Pre-revolutionary Russian theatre / Pushkin: from Byron to Shakespeare / golden age of Russian poetry / classic Russian novel / superfluous man in Russian literature / Nineteenth-century Russian thought and literature / silver age: symbolism and post-symbolism / Women's writing in Russia / Russian literary theory: from the formalists to Lotman / Socialist realism in Soviet literature / Experiment and emigration: Russian literature, 1917-1953 / Russian poetry since 1945 / Post-revolutionary Russian theatre / Thaws, freezes and wakes: Russian literature, 1953-1991 / Post-soviet Russian literature
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The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature is an engaging and accessible guide to Russian writing of the past thousand years.
The volume covers the entire span of Russian literature, from the Middle Ages to the post-Soviet period, and explores all the forms that have made it so famous: poetry, drama and, of course, the Russian novel. A particular emphasis is given to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when Russian literature achieved world-wide recognition through the works of writers such as Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn. Covering a range of subjects including women's writing, Russian literary theory, socialist realism and émigré writing, leading international scholars open up the wonderful diversity of Russian literature.
With recommended lists of further reading and an excellent up-to-date general bibliography, The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature is the perfect guide for students and general readers alike.

Author Notes

Neil Cornwell is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol. He has edited the Reference Guide to Russian Literature (1998) and is the author of two books on Vladimir Odoevsky, as well as The Literary Fantastic (1990), James Joyce and the Russians (1992) and Vladimir Nabokov (1999).

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Cornwell (Univ. of Bristol, UK) has assembled in one handy volume a collection of some 20 essays (some previously published) by leading scholars. Spanning 1,000 years of literary history, topics include old Russian literature and its heritage, folklore, religious writing in post-Petrine Russia, prerevolutionary theater, the classic Russian novel, the theme of the superfluous man, 19th-century thought and literature, women's writing, literary theory from the formalists to Lotman, socialist realism in Soviet literature, experiment and emigration, postrevolutionary theater, and post-Soviet literature. Intended for general readers and undergraduates, this book more than fulfills its promise; it offers surprising depth as well as the expected breadth of subject. Though several essays touch on the same author, different approaches to the topic enrich the discussion. Especially noteworthy is Cornwell's introduction, a tour de force of brevity coupled with a wealth of information that gives an accurate portrayal of Russia's literary heritage. Indispensable addition to all undergraduate collections, a welcome source for graduate students, and a worthy introduction to Russian literature for public libraries. C. A. Rydel Grand Valley State University