A history of russian literature covers the beginning of russian fiction, the age of classicism, the age of gogol, and the poets, journalists, novelists, and playwrights of the age of realism about the author. Old russian literature is the source of the civic spirit and ideological content found in russian literature of the modern period old russian literature passed on to russian literature of the modern and most recent period its noble ideals, vast experience, and rich flexible language and imagery. Terras traces a rich literary heritage that encompasses russian folklore of the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, medieval literature that in style and substance drew on the byzantine tradition, and literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when russia passed through a succession of literary schools—neoclassicism.
An odd characteristic of russian literature is that the first novel to appear in the vernacular was not an original work but a translation from the french — and not until the 18th century. A superb history of russian literature, one that surely will reign as the standard history for years and decades [it] belongs in the library of every teacher and every serious student of russina literature—william e harkins, slavic review. The uniqueness of old russian literature lies not only in the character of its individual works, but also in its special path of development, a path that is very closely linked with russian history and in keeping with the requirements of russian reality.
Since the church and the state were closely intertwined in medieval russia, and since most literature was linked to the church, literature naturally supported the purposes of the state old russian literature takes its origins from the work of the two thessalonian brothers constantine-cyril and methodius, the greek apostles to the slavs. Russian literature specialists, of course, will learn the language but reference works of this sort should be available in as many languages as possible if i want to read a brief scholarly precis of the life, works and influence of du fu, i'm not about to spend five years learning chinese first. The early history of russian jewish literature is linked with the history of the russian jewish press the name of the first journal, razsvet ( rassvet in modern russian orthography dawn), reflects the sensibilities of its enlightenment founders. This books is a classic exploration of russian literature that has had a great deal of impact on the teaching and understanding of russian literature for example, the leading translators of russian literature, pevear and volokhonsky, make use of mirsky's history.
Russian literature refers to the literature of russia and its émigrés and to the russian-language literature of several independent nations once a part of what was historically rus', the russian empire or the soviet union. Russian literature has always been inseparable from russian history d s mirsky constantly keeps in mind the ever-colorful and ever-changing aspects of the one in discussing the other.
Russian literature, the body of written works produced in the russian language, beginning with the christianization of kievan rus in the late 10th century the unusual shape of russian literary history has been the source of numerous controversies. A history of russian literature covers the beginning of russian fiction, the age of classicism, the age of gogol, and the poets, journalists, novelists, and playwrights of the age of realism. Russian literature refers to the literature of russia or its émigrés, and to the russian-language literature of several independent nations once a part of what was historically russia or the soviet union prior to the nineteenth century, russia produced very little, if any, internationally read literature.
While teaching russian literature at the university of london, mirsky published his landmark study a history of russian literature: from its beginnings to 1880 vladimir nabokov recommended it to his students as the best history of russian literature in any language, including russian. A history of russian literature has 13 ratings and 0 reviews this magisterial work, written by one of the world's foremost slavic scholars, presents a s. The 19th century was probably the most fruitful period in the history of russian literature, often referred to as golden era of russian literature this period granted such geniuses as aleksandr pushkin, mikhail lermontov, nikolay gogol, ivan turgenev, leo tolstoy and anton chekhov.
Classics of russian literature explores russian masterpieces at all levels—characters, plots, scenes, and sometimes even single sentences, including: tolstoy's anna karenina , which has one of the most famous first sentences in all of literature, setting the stage for a novel that probes the tragic dimension of a subject—adultery—that had. An updated edition of this comprehensive narrative history, first published in 1989, incorporating a new chapter on the latest developments in russian literature and additional bibliographical information.