Russian Postmodernist Fiction Dialogue With Chaos

Author: Mark Lipovetsky
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315293072
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This text offers a critical study of postmodernism in Russian literature. It takes some of the central issues of the critical debate to develop a conception of postmodern poetics as a dialogue with chaos and places Russian literature in the context of an enriched postmodernism.

Russian Postmodernism

Author: Mikhail N. Epstein
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1782388656
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Recent decades have been decisive for Russia not only politically but culturally as well. The end of the Cold War has enabled Russia to take part in the global rise and crystallization of postmodernism. This volume investigates the manifestations of this crucial trend in Russian fiction, poetry, art, and spirituality, demonstrating how Russian postmodernism is its own unique entity. It offers a point of departure and valuable guide to an area of contemporary literary-cultural studies insufficiently represented in English-language scholarship. This second edition includes additional essays on the topic and a new introduction examining the most recent developments.

Literature History And Identity In Post Soviet Russia 1991 2006

Author: Rosalind J. Marsh
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039110698
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This book analyses the relationship between literature, history and politics in post-Soviet Russia. It explores the impact of the collapse of the USSR on Russian literature and culture and the changing content and reception of fiction on historical themes under Presidents Yeltsin and Putin. It discusses the value of various theoretical concepts, such as postmodernism, trauma, nostalgia, and the notion of discourse as power, in analysing post-Soviet historical fiction. The book shows that Russian society's confrontation with its past has remained one of the main themes of Russian culture during the period 1991-2006. Notwithstanding the gradual decline of the literature of sensational disclosure associated with Gorbachev's "perestroika," a more oblique investigation of many aspects of Russian and Soviet history and an interest in the philosophy of history have continued to be significant preoccupations of post-Soviet culture. Individual and family history continue to be explored in memoirs and autobiographical writings, while the history and destiny of Russia have been passionately debated in literary journals and the media, as Russians search for a new 'national idea' to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of communism. This study suggests that there is a remarkable continuity between post-Soviet literature and pre-revolutionary Russian literature and thought.

Postmodernist Fiction

Author: Brian McHale
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134949162
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In this trenchant and lively study Brian McHale undertakes to construct a version of postmodernist fiction which encompasses forms as wide-ranging as North American metafiction, Latin American magic realism, the French New New Novel, concrete prose and science fiction. Considering a variety of theoretical approaches including those of Ingarden, Eco, Dolezel, Pavel, and Hrushovski, McHale shows that the common denominator is postmodernist fiction's ability to thrust its own ontological status into the foreground and to raise questions about the world (or worlds) in which we live. Exploiting various theoretical approaches to literary ontology - those of Ingarden, Eco, Dolezel, Pavel, Hrushovski and others - and ranging widely over contemporary world literature, McHale assembles a comprehensive repertoire of postmodernist fiction's strategies of world-making and -unmaking.

Translation And The Making Of Modern Russian Literature

Author: Brian James Baer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1628927992
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Brian James Baer explores the central role played by translation in the construction of modern Russian identity from the early eighteenth century to today. Russia's status as a multi-lingual empire with a polyglot elite made translation into a fact of life for many Russians, and following Peter I's policy of forced Westernization, translation became a widely discussed and highly visible practice. Russia's accumulation of Western cultural capital through translation, however, occurred at a time when the Romantic obsession with originality was marginalizing translation as mere imitation. Moreover, while translation was heavily promoted as service to the nation and the empire, it was also viewed as an avenue for the dissemination of dangerous "foreign" ideas, and in fact became a defining practice of Russia's oppositional intelligentsia. Translation and the Making of Modern Russian Literature offers a re-reading of seminal works of the Russian literary canon through the lens of contemporary translation studies, revealing translation to be a highly ambivalent site for Romantic nation-building. The awareness on the part of Russian writers that their literature, and by extension, their cultural identity, was "born in translation" produced a sustained critique of Romantic authorship and national identity that would become a defining theme of modern Russian literature.

Toward The Geopolitical Novel

Author: Caren Irr
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536313
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A survey of more than 125 works illuminate the resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. Caren Irr follows Junot Díaz, Helon Habila, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink the migration narrative, the Peace Corps thriller, the national allegory, the revolutionary novel, and the expatriate's experience with self-discovery. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the genre tests American liberalism and explores how in-migration, out-migration, the nation, revolution, and the traveling subject should be retooled for a new century.

Dostoevsky On The Threshold Of Other Worlds

Author: Malcolm V. Jones
ISBN: 9781900405133
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A collection of essays, presenting a tribute to the greatly respected Dostoevsky scholar, Professor Malcolm V Jones.