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The Cambridge history of Russian literature
Moser, Charles A.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
ix, 685 pages ; 24 cm
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D.M. Mirsky's brilliantly quirky History of Russian Literature (in Francis Whitfield's 1949 abridgment) has long been the standard work in the field. No other volume approaches its vigor and insight, but its coverage ends at the Revolution. Nor did Mirsky provide sources or any guide to more specialized criticism. An Introduction to Russian Language and Literature, ed. by Robert Auty and Dmitri Obolensky (CH, Jan'78) provides supplementary bibliography but is overly concise in its treatment of literary history. Editor Charles Moser (George Washington University) has gathered ten international specialists, each writing on his or her own period, to provide "in narrative form a survey. . .from the beginnings to this decade, in sufficient but not overwhelming detail." Thoroughly traditional in approach and form, the volume offers a solid introduction to its subject matter. Designed for the general reader, it compensates for its lack of footnote citations by an elaborate bibliography and index. The editor's introductory sketches to each of the ten chapters are models of clarity and concision. The volume is a pleasure to the eye. Essential for all libraries. -D. B. Johnson, University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

1 The literature of old Russia, 988-1730Jostein Bortnes
2 The eighteenth century: neoclassicism and the Enlightenment 1730-90Ilya Serman
3 The transition to the modern age: sentimentalism and preromanticism, 1790-1820Mark Altshuller
4 The nineteenth century: romanticism, 1820-40John Mersereau Jr
5 The nineteenth century: the natural school and its aftermath, 1840-55Richard Peace
6 The nineteenth century: the age of realism, 1855-80Richard Freeborn
7 The nineteenth century: between realism and modernism, 1880-95Julian Connolly
8 Turn of a century: modernism, 1895-1925Evelyn Bristol
9 The twentieth century: the era of socialist realism, 1925-53Victor Terras
10 The twentieth century: in search of new ways, 1953-80Geoffrey Hosking
11 Russian literature in the 1980sEfim Ethird
BibliographyCharles Moser