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Russian Formalism
A Metapoetics
Peter Steiner
Russian Formalism, one of the twentieth century's most important movements in literary criticism, has received far less attention than most of its rivals. Examining Formalism in light of more recent developments in literary theory, Peter Steiner here offers the most comprehensive critique of Formalism to date. Steiner studies the work of the...



Photographic Literacy
Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors
Katherine M. H. Reischl
Photography, introduced to Russia in 1839, was nothing short of a sensation. Its rapid proliferation challenged the other arts, including painting and literature, as well as the very integrity of the self. If Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky greeted the camera with skepticism in the nineteenth century, numerous twentieth-century authors...



On the Threshold of Eurasia
Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus
Leah Michele Feldman
On the Threshold of Eurasia explores the idea of the Russian and Soviet "East" as a political, aesthetic, and scientific system of ideas that emerged through a series of intertextual encounters produced by Russians and Turkic Muslims on the imperial periphery amidst the revolutionary transition from 1905 to 1929. Identifying the role of Russian...



In Search of the Free Individual
The History of the Russian-Soviet Soul
Svetlana Alexievich



"Who, What Am I?"
Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self
Irina Paperno
A deeply-informed account of Tolstoy's lifelong attempt to find adequate ways to represent the self, to probe its limits and, ultimately, to arrive at an identity not based on the bodily self and its accumulated life...



Murder Most Russian
True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia
Louise McReynolds
Looking to the trials of infamous murderers in late imperial Russia to reveal its cultural values, social norms, and political expectations.



Heart-Pine Russia
Walking and Writing the Nineteenth-Century Forest
Jane T. Costlow
Costlow explores the central place the forest came to hold in a century of intense seeking for articulations of national and spiritual identity.



Tolstoy On War
Narrative Art and Historical Truth in "War and Peace"
This book brings together a distinguished group of scholars in essays that focus on the wartime sections of War and Peace. Approaching the novel from different disciplines, they wrestle with the book's great themes.



Terror and Greatness
Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths
Kevin M. F. Platt
Exploring historical and cultural representations of the two Russian rulers as they shaped and reflected political shifts.



Russia on the Edge
Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity
Edith W. Clowes
Through real and imagined geographies, examining post-Soviet debates about what it means to be Russian today.



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