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Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel

Valentino, Russell Scott

Vicissitudes of Genre in the Russian Novel

Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Chernyshevsky's What is to be Done?, Dostoevsky's Demons, Gorky's Mother

Series: Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature - Volume 24

Year of Publication: 2001

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2001. XII, 166 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-4903-6 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs

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Book synopsis

The 1860s witnessed one of the most vibrant periods in the history of modern Russian literature. This book focuses on what was arguably its most influential genre – the Russian tendentious novel. While tracing the genre’s early development through works such as Fathers and Sons and Notes from Underground, it simultaneously unfolds a unique approach to reading late-nineteenth-century Russian literature by showing how rich conflicting interpretations of the classics continue to be possible and by indicating numerous deep-rooted connections between the tendentious novels of the nineteenth century and their twentieth-century literary progeny.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Russell Scott Valentino earned his Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from The University of California, Los Angeles in 1993 and is currently Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Iowa. He has written numerous studies on nineteenth-century Russian literature, has been published widely in scholarly journals, and has translated both non-fiction and literary fiction from various European languages.


Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature. Vol. 24
General Editor: Thomas R. Beyer, Jr.