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Russian & Former Soviet Union

  • Russian Fairy Talesby Aleksandr Afanas'Ev

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 18.95

    Translated by Norbert Guterman Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieff In this most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English we meet both universal fairy-tale figures?thieves and heroes, kings and peasants, beautiful damsels and terrifying witches, enchanted children and crafty animals?and such uniquely Russian characters... more...

  • Shoreless Bridgesby Elka Agoston-Nikolova

    Editions Rodopi 2010; US$ 48.00

    Exiles cross borders, become non-mainstream individuals and break through barriers of thought and experience. Forced or chosen detachment can lead to originality of vision, awareness of simultaneous dimensions – in short a writing that challenges boundaries of genre, monolingualism and national literatures. The writers of the Balkan (Slavic) diaspora... more...

  • Narrative, Space and Gender in Russian Fiction, 1846-190by Joe Andrew

    Editions Rodopi 2007; US$ 56.00

    The present volume has as its primary aim readings, from a feminist perspective, of a number of works from Russian literature published over the period in which the ‘woman question’ rose to the fore and reached its peak. All the works considered here were produced in, or hark back to, a fairly narrowly defined period of not quite 20 years... more...

  • Turgenev and Russian Cultureby Joe Andrew; Derek Offord; Robert Reid

    Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 106.40

    The present volume has as its central aim a reassessment of the works of Ivan Turgenev for the twenty-first century. Against the background of a decline in interest in nineteenth-century literature the articles gathered here seek to argue that the period in general, and his work in particular, still have much to offer the modern sensibility. The volume... more...

  • Dostoevskii?s Overcoat: Influence, Comparison, and Transposition.by Joe Andrew; Robert Reid

    Editions Rodopi 2013; US$ 94.00

    One of the most famous quotations in the history of Russian literature is Fedor Dostoevskii?s alleged assertion that ?We have all come out from underneath Gogol?s Overcoat?. Even if Dostoevskii never said this, there is a great deal of truth in the comment. Gogol certainly was a profound influence on his work, as were many others. Part of this book?s... more...

  • Other Russiasby Brian James Baer

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 95.00

    This book examines the unprecedented explosion of homosexual discourse in post-Soviet Russia and details how homosexuality has come to signify a surprising and often contradictory array of uniquely post-Soviet concerns. more...

  • Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poeticsby Mikhail Bakhtin; Caryl Emerson; Caryl Emerson

    University of Minnesota Press 1984; US$ 60.00

    This book is not only a major twentieth-century contribution to Dostoevsky?s studies, but also one of the most important theories of the novel produced in our century. As a modern reinterpretation of poetics, it bears comparison with Aristotle. more...

  • Hmayeak Shemsby Vahé Baladouni; John Gery

    University Press of America 2010; US$ 29.99

    This book presents the life and writings of Armenian poet Hmayeak Shems (1896-1952). The Armenian Genocide of 1915 devastated Shems, who lost his family and home and wandered for years in exile. Yet from debilitating isolation, Shems found a lyrical mastery of Armenian identity and modern spirit. Illuminated by his poetry, this biography chronicles... more...

  • The Fiction of the Poetby Anna Elizabeth Balakian

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Addressing all readers who value the beauty of language, Anna Balakian examines the work of five twentieth-century poets--Yeats, Valry, Rilke, Stevens, and Guilln--to show how the linguistic richness of the symbolist tradition continued well into the modern period. These writers, all of whom learned the poetry of language from Mallarm, compensated... more...

  • Russian Children's Literature and Cultureby Marina Balina; Larissa Rudova

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Soviet literature in general and Soviet children?s literature in particular have often been labeled by Western and post-Soviet Russian scholars and critics as propaganda. Below the surface, however, Soviet children?s literature and culture allowed its creators greater experimental and creative freedom than did the socialist realist culture for adults.... more...