Russian Literature - A Very Short Introduction

Russian Literature - A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Catriona Kelly
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 165
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0192801449


Rather than a conventional chronology of Russian literature, Catriona Kelly’s Very Short Introduction explores the place and importance of literature of all sorts 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? At the centre of the web is the figure of Pushkin, the Russian Shakespeare, whose work influenced all Russian writers, whether poets or novelists, and many great artists in other areas as well.


A thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small-format.. stylish design… perfect to pop into your pocket for spare moments.
- Lisa Jardine, The Times

A very good idea, these Very Short Introductions, a new concept from OUP.
- Nicholas Lezard. Guardian

A great pleasure to read. It is a sophisticated, erudite, searching, and subtle piece of work. It is written in a lively and stimulating manner, and displays a range to which few of Dr Kelly’s peer in the field of Russian scholarship can aspire.
-Phil Cavendish, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London

A brilliant essay, written with elegance, informed, incisive, provocative… you may love it, perhaps loathe it, or feel perplexed, but not remain indifferent.
- A G Cross, Cambridge University

Kelly’s brief but clear and effective study is a skilful blending of literary personalities rather than leaning simply on chronology… It is an original book, well done and documented, and extremely readable.
-John Bayley, St Catherine’s College, Oxford University

Brilliant and original, taking an unexpected approach to the subject and written with great confidence and clarity.
-Peter France, University of Edinburgh


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2.I have raised myself a monument: writer memorials and cults

3.Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus:
Pushkin and the Russian literary canon

4.I shall be famous a long as another poet lives:
writers responses to Pushkin

5.Awakening noble feelings with my lyre:
writers as masters of minds

6.And don’t dispute with fools: men, women and society

7.Every tribe and every tongue will name me:
Russian literature and primitive culture

8.O muse, be obedient to the command of God:
the spiritual and material worlds

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