M.A. Reading List

Old Russian Literature

Povest’ vremennykh let
Slovo o polku Igoreve
Zhitie Avvakuma
Perepiska Groznogo i Kurbskogo
Povest’ o Petre i Fevronii
Selected byliny
Povest’ o Gore-Zlochastii
Narodnye russkie skazki (Afanas’ev)

John Fennel and Antony Stokes, Early Russian Literature (Berkeley, 1974)

18th Century Russian Literature

Derzhavin, Felitsa, Lastochka
Fonvizin, Nedorosl’
Karamzin, Bednaya Liza, Ostrov Borngol’m, selections from Istoriya rossiiskogo gosudarstva
Krylov, selected Basni
Lomonosov, Pis’mo o pravilakh rossiiskogo stikhotvorstva, Predislovie opol’ze knig tserkovnykh
Radishchev, Puteshestvie iz Peterburga v Moskvu
Trediakovsky, O drevnem, srednem i novom stikhotvorenii rossiiskom

D. D. Blagoi, Istoriya russkoi literatury XVIII veka (Moscow, 1946)

19th Century Literature

Aksakov
Semeinnaya khronika

Chernyshevsky
Chto delat’?

Dostoevsky
Prestuplenie i nakazanie, Brat’ya Karamazovy, Idiot, Dvoinik, Zapiski iz podpolya

Dostoevsky’s Unfinished Journey Robin Feuer Miller (New Haven, 2007)
The Art of Dostoevsky: Deliriums and Nocturnes Robert Louis Jackson (Princeton, 1981)

Fet
“Ya prishel k tebe s privetom,” “Eto utro, radost’ eta,” “Eshche maiskaya noch’”

Gogol’
Mertvye dushi, Revizor, Mirgorod & Peterburgskie povesti

Robert A. Maguire, ed., Gogol’ from the 20th Century: Eleven Essays (Princeton, 1974)
Vladimir Nabokov, Gogol’ (New Directions, 1959)

Goncharov
Oblomov

Galya Diment, ed., A Critical Companion to Goncharov’s Oblomov (Northwestern, 1998)

Griboedov
Gore ot uma

Herzen
Byloe i dumy

Lermontov:
Prose: Geroi nashego vremeni
Verse: Demon, Mtsyri, Maskarad, “Vykhozhu odin ya na dorogu,” “Smert’ poeta,” “I skuchno i grustno�,” “Rodina,” “Duma,” “Zaveshchanie,” “Ya zhit’ khochu! Khochu pechali,” “Net, ya ne Bairon, ya drugoi,” “Son”

Boris Eikhenbaum, Lermontov (1967)

Leskov
Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda, Ocharovannyi strannik, Zapechatlennyi angel, Levsha

Ostrovsky
Les, Groza

Pushkin:
Prose: Povesti Belkina, Pikovaya dama, Kapitanskaya dochka, Istoriya sela Goryukhina
Verse: Mednyi vsadnik, Evgenii Onegin, Ruslan i Lyudmila, Kavkazskii plennik, Malen’kie tragedii. “K Chaadaevu,” “Vol’nost’,” “Poet i tolpa,” “Anchar,” “Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovenie,” “Prorok,” “Zima. Chto delat’ nam v derevne?,” “Zimnee utro,” “Pora moi drug, pora,” “Ne dai mne Bog soiti s uma,” “Ya vas lyubil,” “Dlya beregov otchiznyi dal’noi,” “Brozhu li ya vdol’ ulits shumnykh”

John Bayley, Pushkin: A Comparative Commentary (Cambridge, 1971)
David Bethea, Pushkin Today (Indiana, 1993)
Sinyavskii/Terts, Progulki s Pushkinym (London, 1975)
Todd, Fiction and Society in the Age of Pushkin: Ideology, Institutions, and Narrative (Cambridge, MA, 1986)
Tatiana Woolf, ed., Pushkin on Literature (London, 1971)

Saltykov-Shchedrin
Gospoda Golovlevyi, Istoriya odnogo goroda

Tolstoy
Anna Karenina, Voina i mir, Detstvo, Smert’ Ivana Ilicha, Kreitserova sonata, Chto takoe iskusstvo?, Khozyain i rabotnik, Vlast’ t’my, Kazaki, Hadji Murat, Sevastopolskie Rasskazy

Gary Saul Morson, Hidden in Plain View: Narrative and Creative Potentials in ‘War and Peace’ (Stanford, 1987)
Hugh McLean, ed., In the Shade of a Giant: Essays on Tolstoy (Berkeley, 1989)
Richard Gustafson, Leo Tolstoy, Resident Stranger: A Study in Fiction and Theology (Princeton, 1986)
Amy Mandelker, Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel (OSU, 1993)

Turgenev
Ottsy i deti, Dvoryanskoe gnezdo, Zapiski okhotnika, Mesyats v derevne, Pervaya lyubov’

Jane T. Costlow, Worlds within Worlds: The Novels of Ivan Turgenevi (Princeton, 1990)
M. P. Alekseev, ed., Turgenev i ego sovremenniki (Leningrad, 1977)

Tyutchev
“Silentium” “Son na more” “Umom Rossiyu ne ponyat’,” “Kak okean ob”emlet shar zemnoi”

20th – 21st Centuries

Akhmatova
Rekviem, Poema bez geroya, “Molitva,” “Vse raskhishcheno, predano, prodano,” “Muze,” “Smuglyi otrok brodil po alleyam,” “Ya prishla k poetu v gosti..,” “Chem khuzhe etot vek predshestvuyushchikh?,” “Iva”

Aksenov
Ozhog, Ostrov Krym

Akunin
Smert’ Akhilessa or Statskii sovetnik

Annensky
“Staraya usad’ba,” “Sredi mirov”

Babel’
Konarmiya, Odesskie rasskazy, Avtobiograficheskie rasskazy

Efraim Sicher, Style and Structure in the Prose of Isaak Babel’ (Columbus, 1986)

Bely
Peterburg, 5-6 poems

Berberova
Kursiv moi, 5-6 émigré stories (from Cape of Storms, The Ladies from St. Petersburg, or Billancourt Tales

Bitov
Pushkinskii dom

Blok
Balaganchik, Dvenadtsat’, Stikhi o prekrasnoi dame, “Neznakomka,” “Na pole Kulikovom,” “O doblestyakh, o podvigakh, o slave,” “Golos iz khora,” “V restorane,” “Fabrika,” “Noch’, fonar’, ulitsa, apteka,” ‘Ya khochu bezumno zhit’”

Bulgakov
Master & Margarita, Sobach’e serdtse, Beg, Belaya gvardiya

J.A.E. Curtis, Bulgakov’s Last Decade: The Writer as Hero (Cambridge, 1987)
Lesley Milne, Mikhail Bulgakov: A Critical Biography (Cambridge, 1990)

Bunin
Gospodin iz San Fransisko, Zhizn’ Arsen’eva, “Derevnya,” “Sukhodol”

Chekhov
Plays: Chaika, Dyadya Vanya, Tri sestry, Vishnevyi sad
Stories: “Step’,” “V ovrage,” “Chelovek v futlyare,” “Kryzhovnik,” “O lyubvi,” “Chernyi monakh,” “Palata no. 6,” “Dushechka,” “Skuchnaya istoriya,” “Dama s sobachkoi,” “Bab’e tsarstvo,” “Skripka Rotshil’da,” “Spat’ khochetsya,” “Arkhieri”

Donald Rayfield, Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov’s Prose and Drama (Wisconsin, 1999)
John L. Styan, Chekhov in Performance: A Commentary on the Major Plays (New York, Cambridge, 1978)

Dovlatov
Chemodan, Zapovednik

Erofeev, Venedikt
Moskva-Petushki

Essenin
5-6 poems

Erofeev, Viktor
Russkaya krasavitsa, Zhizn’ s idiotom

Gladkov or Kataev
Tsement or Vremya vpered

Katerina Clark, The Soviet Novel: History as Ritual (Indiana, 1981, 2001)

Gor’kii
Mat’, Meshchane

Gumilev
“Moi chitateli,” ‘Ya i vy”

Kharms
Sluchai, Starukha

Khlebnikov
“Bobeobi pelis’ guby,” “Kogda umirayut koni”

Limonov
Eto ya, Edichka

Makanin
Stol, pokrytyi suknom & s grafinom, Kavkazkii plenniy

Mandel’shtam
Notre Dame,” “Admiralteistvo,” “Bessonitsa. Gomer. Tugie parusa,” “Sumerki svobody,” “Tristia,” “Sestry, tyazhest’ i nezhnost’,” “Ya slovo pozabyl, chto ya khotel skazat’,” “Silentium (Ona eshche ne rodilas’),” “Rakovina,” Egipetskaya marka

Mayakovsky
Klop, Banya
Oblako v shtanakh, Pro eto,”Neokonchennoe,” “A vse taki,” “Noch’,” “Utro,” “Khoroshaya otnoshenie k loshadyam”

Nabokov
Mashen’ka, Dar, Priglashenie na kazn’, Zashchita Luzhina, Drugie berega

Brian Boyd, Nabokov: The Russian Years (Princeton, 1990)
Julian Connolly, ed., The Critical Companion to Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading (Northwestern, 1997)

Okudzhava
“Poslednii trolleibus,” “Pesen’ka o golubom sharike,” “Gruzinskaya pesnya,” “Ya pishu istoricheskii roman,” “Po smolenskoi doroge,” “Tri sestry,” “Arbat, moi Arbat”

Gerald Smith, Songs to Seven Strings: Russian Guitar Poetry and Soviet “Mass Song” (Indiana, 1984)

Olesha
Zavist’,”Vishnevaya kostochka”

Pasternak
Doktor Zhivago
5-6 poems

Pelevin
Omon Ra, Generatsiya “P”

Petrushevskaya
Vremya: Noch’, Tri devushki v golubom, Svoi krug

Pil’nyak
Golyi god

Platonov
Chevengur, Kotlovan, Reka Potudan

Thomas Seifried, Andrei Platonov: Uncertainties of Spirit (Cambridge, 1992)

Popov
Veselye Rusi

Prigov
Selections from Moskva & Moskvichi, Kniga o schast’e v stikhakh, Oboroten

Rasputin
Proshchanie s Materoi

Sedakova
“Kogda,” “Vetkhozavetnyi motiv,” “Dikii shipovnik,” “Starushki,” “Zhenskaya dolya – eto pryalka,” “Vstrecha,” “Zhenskaya figura,” “Stansy na smert’ kotenka”

Shalamov
Kolymskie rasskazy

Siniavsky/Terts
Sud idet, Chto takoe sotsialisticheskii realizm?

Slutsky
“Kak ubivali moyu babku,” “Vse slabeli, baby – ne slabeli,” “Kak delayut stikhi,” “Khozyain,” “Fiziki & liriki,” “Chistota stikha”

Sokolov
Shkola dlya durakov

Sologub
Mel’kii bes,”Ya bog tainstvennogo mira”

Sorokin
Ochered’, Delovoe Predlozhenie, Zasedania zavkoma, Led

Mark Lipovetsky, ed. by Eliot Borenstein, Postmodernist Russian Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos (M. E. Sharpe, 1996)

Solzhenitsyn
“Matrenin dvor,” Odin den’ Ivana Denisovicha, Rakovyi korpus or V kruge pervom, selections from Gulag arkhipelag

Tolstaya
Peters, Noch’, Reka Okkervil

Helena Goscilo, The Explosive World of Tatyana Tolstaya’s Fiction (M.E. Sharpe, 1996)

Trifonov
Dom na naberezhnoi

Tsvetaeva
Iskusstvo pri svete sovesti, Moi Pushkin
5-6 poems

Voinovich
Zhizn’ & neobychainye priklyucheniya soldata Ivana Chonkina v

Vysotsky
“Militseiskii protokol,” “Ya ne lyublyu,” “Lukomor’e bol’she net,” “Okhota na volkov,” “Koni priveredlivye,” “Mne sud’ba,” “Beg inokhodtsa,” “Maski”

Zamyatin
My, “Peshchera,” selected essays

Zoshchenko
“Banya,” “Nervnye lyudi,” “Kakie u menya byli professii,” “Koshka i lyudi,” “Akter,” “Monter,” “Kocherga,” Golubaya kniga

Literary theory

Adams and Leroy, Critical Theory Since Plato
Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction
Northrop Frye, The Anatomy of Criticism
Mikhail Bakhtin, Epos i roman (o metodologii issledovaniya romana)
_____. The Dialogic Imagination (four essays in translation)
Boris Eikhenbaum,”Kak sdelana ‘Shinel’”
Yurii Lotman, Struktura khudozhestvennogo teksta
Vladimir Propp, Morfologiya skazki (1928)
Viktor Shklovsky, O teorii prozy (Moscow, 1925)
Caryl Emerson, Critical Essays on Mikhail Bakhtin
Roland Barthes, Death of the Author
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections, ed. by Hannah Arendt (NY, 1988)
Wayne Booth, Rhetoric of Fiction
Judith Butler: “Antigone’s Claim”
Deleuze and Guattari, Kafka: Toward a Theory of Minor Literature (1986)
Jacques Derrida, “Structure, Sign, and Play”
Michel Foucault, “What is an author”
_____. Power/Knowledge
Fredric Jameson, The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism (Princeton, 1975)
The Kristeva Reader, ed. by Toril Moi
Georg Lukacs, Theory of the Novel
Nelson et al., Introduction to Cultural Studies