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A history of Russian literature, Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, Stephanie Sandler

A history of Russian literature, Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, Stephanie Sandler
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 771-786) and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
A history of Russian literature
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Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, Stephanie Sandler
Russia possesses one of the richest and most admired literatures of Europe, reaching back to the eleventh century. This volume provides a comprehensive account of Russian writing from its earliest origins in the monastic works of Kiev up to the present day, still rife with the creative experiments of post-Soviet literary life
Table Of Contents
Part I. The Medieval Period; Introduction: Defining the medieval; 1. Institutions and contexts: Writing and authorship,1100-1400; A new language for a new people: Old Church Slavonic; Monastic writing: Translation, open boundaries, and selectivityThe limits of the literary system: Rhetoric, compilation, and genre; The meaning of readership; Scribal culture and the author function; Literary identity: Collective writing and singularity; Case study: The Voyage of Afanasy Nikitin: Self and other; 2. Holy Rus:́ Landmarks in medieval literature; Founding stories: The Primary Chronicle; Case study: The bylina and Russia's magical kingdom; The sermon: Ilarion and the chosen people of Kiev; The prayer: Daniil Zatochnik; Hagiography as life-writing; Saints alive; Hagiographic collections; Founders and Holy Fathers: The example of St. FeodosyMiracle workers, the Virgin, and holy fools case study: The holy fool in the modern tradition; Ilarion redux: The fifteenth-century elaboration of hagiography; Keyword: Word-weaving; 3. Local narratives; Unhappy families: The trauma of invasion; The Lay of Igor's Campaign and the princely image; Case study: National identity, medievalism, and the discovery of the Lay of Igor's Campaign; Narratives of invasion; Catastrophic narratives: Defending Holy Russia; From Grand Prince to Tsar, 1200-1565: Elevation through charisma; Vladimir Monomakh; Alexander Nevsky; Dmitry DonskoiIvan the Terrible: Tsardom and the absolutist "I"Center and periphery and the localism of the Tale of Petr and Fevronia; Conclusion; Part II: The Seventeenth Century; Introduction: The problem of transition and a new approach; 1. Paradise lost: National narratives; Narratives from the Time of Troubles to the Schism (1613-82); Visions of salvation; Case study: Dukhovnye stikhi (poetic songs or spiritual rhymes); Literature of the Schism (Raskol); Case study: The Life of Archpriest Avvakum2. Cultural interface: Printing, Humanist learning, and Orthodox resistance in the second half of the seventeenth century; 3. Court theater; Keyword: Baroque; 4. Poets; New expressions and techniques; Paradise regained: Simeon Polotsky's poetic garden; Friendship; Mortality; 5. Prose; Popular fiction for a disrupted age: Social satire or literary fantasy?; Petrine novellas and fantasy fiction; Conclusion; Part III: The Eighteenth Century; Introduction: The innovation of the eighteenth century; 1. Defining classicism: The canons of taste; Keyword: Russian classicismPart I. The medieval period; Institutions and contexts: writing and authorship, 1100-1400 -- Holy Russia: landmarks in medieval literature -- Local narratives -- Part II. The seventeenth century; Paradise lost: national narratives -- Cultural interface: printing, humanist learning and orthodox resistance in the second half of the seventeenth century -- Court theater --Poets -- Prose -- Part III. The eighteenth century; Defining classicism: the canons of taste -- Institutions of writing and authorship -- National narratives -- Poetics and subjectivities between classicism and romanticism -- Prose fiction -- Part IV. The Nineteenth century; Institutions -- The literary field: from amateur societies to professional institutions and literary alliances -- Subjectivities -- Forms of prose -- Literary identity and social structure of the imperial period -- Types: heroes and anti-heroes -- Heroines and emancipation -- Narratives of nation-building -- Part V. the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; Institutions -- The poetics of subjectivity -- The poetics of language -- Prose and drama: negotiations with history -- Catastrophic narratives -- Intelligentsia narratives
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