Epic and the Russian Novel from Gogol to Pasternak (Hardback)
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Epic and the Russian Novel from Gogol to Pasternak (Hardback)

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Hardback 250 Pages / Published: 30/04/2011
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The authors read some of the classics in the Russian novelistic tradition against a critique of the Lukacs-Bakhtin view of epic, all the while demonstrating the modernity of epic as a literary mode and arguing how some key Russian novels challenge or outgrow their generic form to re-imagine or re-invent a new, monumental one. The chapters on Gogol's "Dead Souls", Dostoevsky's "Brothers Karamazov", Tolstoy's "War and Peace", and Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago" have major implications for understanding the sweep of Russian literature as a whole, while the final chapter on Stalinist epic, which includes fresh insights on Anna Akhmatova and Nadezhda Mandelstam, considers other literary genres - the memoir and the narrative poem - against the background of the epic tradition. Teachers, graduate students, undergraduates as well as serious non-academic critics will profit from the original arguments which provide suggestions for re-reading Russian prose generally.

Publisher: Academic Studies Press
ISBN: 9781936235537
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


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"Felicitous phrasing throughout (the Odyssey as "the grandfather of all Baedekers," 155) renders this erudite volume a pleasure to read and ponder. Griffiths and Rabinowitz have created an exemplary and inspirational work of interdisciplinary scholarship. Any scholar of Slavic studies, classics, Russian intellectual history, or the classical heritage should gladly welcome this book."--Judith E. Kalb, University of South Carolina
"Griffiths and Rabinowitz reveal the genre's liveliness, fluidity, and seemingly limitless ability to assert itself in modern letters. Newarly every sentence rewards, and will provoke serious readers to pause and think. The impressive erudition and critical imagination which Griffiths/Rabinowitz combine make one hope that this ancient/modern pair of critical bogatyri will sally forth again."--John M. Kopper, Dartmouth College

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