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M.A. Reading List: Russian Literature

Old Russian Literature

PRIMARY SOURCES

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

SECONDARY SOURCES

        • Fennel, John and Antony Stokes—Early Russian Literature

Eighteenth Century Russian Literature

PRIMARY SOURCES

Blagoi, D. D.
          • Istoriya russkoi literatury XVIII veka (Moscow, 1946)
Derzhavin, Gavrila Romanovich 
          • "Felitsa"
          • "Lastochka"
Fonvizin, Denis Ivanovich
          • Nedorosl’
Karamzin, Nikolai Mikhailovich
          • Bednaya Liza
          • selections from Istoriya rossiiskogo gosudarstva
          • Ostrov Borngol’m
Krylov, Ivan Andreevich
          • selected Basni
Lomonosov, Mikhailo Vasil’evich
          • Pis’mo o pravilakh rossiiskogo stikhotvorstva
          • Predislovie opol’ze knig tserkovnykh
Radishchev, Aleksandr Nikolaevich
          • Puteshestvie iz Peterburga v Moskvu
 Trediakovsky, Vasilii Kirillovich 
          • O drevnem, srednem i novom stikhotvorenii rossiiskom

Nineteenth Century Literature

PRIMARY SOURCES

Aksakov, Sergei Timofeevich 
          • Semeinnaya khronika
Chernyshevsky, Nikolai Gavrilovich 
          • Chto delat’?
Dostoevsky, Fedor Mikhailovich 
          • Brat’ya Karamazovy
          • Dvoinik
          • Idiot
          • Prestuplenie i nakazanie
          • Zapiski iz podpolya
Fet, Afanasii Afanas'evich 
          • “Eshche maiskaya noch"
          • “Eto utro, radost’ eta” 
          • “Ya prishel k tebe s privetom” 
Gogol', Nikolai Vasil'evich 
          • Mertvye dushi
          • Mirgorod & Peterburgskie povesti
          • Revizor
Goncharov, Ivan Aleksandrovich 
          • Oblomov
Griboedov, Aleksandr Sergeevich 
          • Gore ot uma
Herzen, Aleksandr Ivanovich 
          • Byloe i dumy
Lermontov, Mikhail Iur'evich 
          • Demon
          • “Duma”
          • Geroi nashego vremeni
          • “I skuchno i grustno”
          • Maskarad
          • "Mtsyri"
          • “Net, ya ne Bairon, ya drugoi” 
          • “Rodina”
          • “Smert’ poeta”
          • “Son”
          • “Vykhozhu odin ya na dorogu...”
          • “Ya zhit’ khochu! Khochu pechali”
          • “Zaveshchanie”
Leskov, Nikolai Semenovich 
          • "Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda"
          • "Levsha"
          • Ocharovannyi strannik
          • Zapechatlennyi angel
Ostrovsky, Aleksandr Nikolaevich 
          • Groza
          • Les 
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich 
          • “Anchar”
          •  “Brozhu li ya vdol’ ulits shumnykh”
          • “Dlya beregov otchiznyi dal’noi”
          • Evgenii Onegin
          • Istoriya sela Goryukhina
          • “K Chaadaevu”
          • Kapitanskaya dochka
          • Kavkazskii plennik
          • Malen’kie tragedii
          • Mednyi vsadnik
          • “Ne dai mne Bog soiti s uma”
          • Pikovaya dama
          • “Poet i tolpa”
          • “Pora moi drug, pora”
          • Povesti Belkina
          • “Prorok”
          • Ruslan i Lyudmila
          • “Vol’nost’”
          • “Ya pomnyu chudnoe mgnovenie”
          • “Ya vas lyubil”
          • “Zima. Chto delat’ nam v derevne?”
          • “Zimnee utro”     
Saltykov-Shchedrin, Mikhail Evgrafovich 
          • Gospoda Golovlevyi
          • Istoriya odnogo goroda
Tolstoy, Lev Nikolaevich 
          • Anna Karenina
          • Chto takoe iskusstvo?
          • Detstvo
          • Hadji Murat
          • Kazaki
          • Khozyain i rabotnik
          • Kreitserova sonata
          • Smert’ Ivana Ilicha
          • Sevastopolskie Rasskazy
          • Vlast’ t’my
          • Voina i mir
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich 
          • Dvoryanskoe gnezdo
          • Mesyats v derevne
          • Ottsy i deti
          • Pervaya lyubov’
          • Zapiski okhotnika
Tyutchev, Fedor Ivanovich 
          • “Kak okean ob”emlet shar zemnoi”
          • “Silentium”
          •  “Son na more”
          • “Umom Rossiyu ne ponyat’”

SECONDARY SOURCES

        • Alekseev, M. P., ed.Turgenev i ego sovremenniki
        • Bayley, JohnPushkin: A Comparative Commentary
        • Bethea, DavidPushkin Today
        • Costlow, Jane T.Worlds within Worlds: The Novels of Ivan Turgenevi
        • Diment, Galya, ed.A Critical Companion to Goncharov’s Oblomov
        • Eikhenbaum, BorisLermontov
        • Gustafson, RichardLeo Tolstoy, Resident Stranger: A Study in Fiction and Theology
        • Jackson, Robert LouisThe Art of Dostoevsky: Deliriums and Nocturnes
        • Maguire, Robert A., ed.—Gogol’ from the 20th Century: Eleven Essays
        • Mandelker, Amy—Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel
        • McLean, Hugh, ed.—In the Shade of a Giant: Essays on Tolstoy
        • Miller, Robin FeuerDostoevsky’s Unfinished Journey
        • Morson, Gary SaulHidden in Plain View: Narrative and Creative Potentials in ‘War and Peace’
        • Nabokov, VladimirGogol’
        • Terts, AbramProgulki s Pushkinym
        • Todd III, William MillsFiction and Society in the Age of Pushkin: Ideology, Institutions, and Narrative
        • Woolf, Tatiana, ed.Pushkin on Literature

Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

PRIMARY SOURCES

Akhmatova, Anna
          • “Chem khuzhe etot vek predshestvuyushchikh?”
          • “Iva”
          • Rekviem
          • “Molitva”
          • “Muze”
          • Poema bez geroya
          • “Smuglyi otrok brodil po alleyam”
          • “Vse raskhishcheno, predano, prodano”
          • “Ya prishla k poetu v gosti...”
Aksenov, Vasili Pavolvich
          • Ostrov Krym
          • Ozhog
Akunin, Boris
          • Smert’ Akhilessa  OR
          • Statskii sovetnik
Annensky, Innokentii Fedorovich
          • “Sredi mirov”
          • “Staraya usad’ba” 
Babel', Isaak Emmanuilovich 
          • Avtobiograficheskie rasskazy
          • Konarmiya
          • Odesskie rasskazy
Bely, Andrei
          • 5-6 poems
          • Petersburg
Berberova, Nina Nikolayevna
          • 5-6 émigré stories from Cape of Storms, The Ladies from St. Petersburg, or Billancourt Tales
          • Kursiv moi
Bitov, Andrei Georgievich 
          • Pushkinskii dom
Blok, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich 
          • Balaganchik, Dvenadtsat’
          • “Fabrika”
          • “Golos iz khora”
          • “Na pole Kulikovom”
          • “Neznakomka”
          • “Noch’, fonar’, ulitsa, apteka”
          • “O doblestyakh, o podvigakh, o slave”
          • Stikhi o prekrasnoi dame
          • “V restorane”
          •  "Ya khochu bezumno zhit’”
Bulgakov, Mikhail Afanas'evich 
          • Beg
          • Belaya gvardiya
          • Master & Margarita
          • Sobach’e serdtse 
Bunin, Ivan Alekseevich 
          • “Derevnya”
          • Gospodin iz San Fransisko
          • “Sukhodol”
          • Zhizn’ Arsen’eva 
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich 
          • “Arkhieri”
          • “Bab’e tsarstvo”
          • Chaika
          • “Chelovek v futlyare”
          • “Chernyi monakh”
          • “Dama s sobachkoi”
          • “Dushechka”
          • Dyadya Vanya
          • “Kryzhovnik”
          • “O lyubvi”
          •  “Palata no. 6”
          • “Skripka Rotshil’da”
          • “Skuchnaya istoriya”
          • “Spat’ khochetsya” 
          • “Step’”
          • Tri sestry
          • “V ovrage” 
          • Vishnevyi sad
Dovlatov, Sergei Donatovich 
          • Chemodan
          • Zapovednik
Erofeev, Venedikt Vasil'evich 
          • Moskva-Petushki
Essenin, Sergei
          • 5-6 poems
Erofeev, Venedikt Vasil'evich 
          • Russkaya krasavitsa
          • Zhizn’ s idiotom
Gladkov, Fedor Vasil'evich OR Kataev, Valentin Petrovich 
          • Tsement OR Vremya vpered
Gor'kii, Maksim 
          • Mat’
          • Meshchane
Gumilev, Nikolai Stepanovich 
          • “Moi chitateli”
          •  "Ya i vy”
Kharms, Daniil 
          • Sluchai
          • Starukha
Khlebnikov, Velimir 
          • “Bobeobi pelis’ guby”
          • “Kogda umirayut koni”
Limonov, Eduard 
          • Edichka
          • Eto ya
Makanin, Vladimir Semenovich 
          • Kavkazkii plenniy
          • Stol, pokrytyi suknom & s grafinom
Mandel'shtam, Osip Emil'evich 
          • “Admiralteistvo”
          • “Bessonitsa. Gomer. Tugie parusa”
          • Egipetskaya marka
          • “Notre Dame”
          • “Rakovina" 
          • “Sestry, tyazhest’ i nezhnost’”
          • “Silentium (Ona eshche ne rodilas’)” 
          • “Sumerki svobody”
          • “Tristia”
          • “Ya slovo pozabyl, chto ya khotel skazat’”
Mayakovsky, Vladimir Vladimirovich
          • A vse taki"
          • Banya
          • “Khoroshaya otnoshenie k loshadyam”
          • Klop
          • “Noch’”
          • ”Neokonchennoe”
          • Oblako v shtanakh
          • Pro eto
          • “Utro” 
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich 
          • Dar
          • Drugie berega
          • Mashen’ka
          • Priglashenie na kazn’
          • Zashchita Luzhina
Okudzhava, Bulat Shalvovich
          • “Arbat, moi Arbat”
          • “Gruzinskaya pesnya”
          • “Pesen’ka o golubom sharike”
          • “Po smolenskoi doroge”
          • “Poslednii trolleibus”
          • “Tri sestry”
          •  “Ya pishu istoricheskii roman” 
Olesha, Iurii Karlovich 
          • ”Vishnevaya kostochka”
          • Zavist’
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich 
          • 5-6 poems
          • Doktor Zhivago
Pelevin, Viktor Olegovich 
          • Generatsiya “P”
          • Omon Ra
Petrushevskaya, Liudmila Stefanovna 
          • Svoi krug
          • Tri devushki v golubom
          • Vremya noch’
Pil’nyak, Boris 
          • Golyi god
Platonov, Andrei Platonovich 
          • Chevengur
          • Kotlovan
          • Reka Potudan
Popov, Jevgenij
          • Veselye Rusi
Prigov, Dmitrii Aleksandrovich 
          • Kniga o schast’e v stikhakh
          • Selections from Moskva & Moskvichi
          • Oboroten
Rasputin, Valentin Grigor'evich 
          • Proshchanie s Materoi
Sedakova, Olga Aleksandrovna 
          • “Dikii shipovnik”
          • “Kogda”
          • “Stansy na smert’ kotenka”
          • “Starushki”
          •  “Vetkhozavetnyi motiv”
          • “Vstrecha”
          • “Zhenskaya dolya – eto pryalka”
          • “Zhenskaya figura” 
Shalamov, Varlam Tikhonovich 
          • Chto takoe sotsialisticheskii realizm?
          • Kolymskie rasskazy
          • Siniavsky/Terts
          • Sud idet
Slutsky, Boris
          • “Chistota stikha”
          • “Fiziki & liriki”
          • “Kak delayut stikhi”
          • “Kak ubivali moyu babku”
          • “Khozyain”
          • “Vse slabeli, baby – ne slabeli”  
Sokolov, Sasha 
          • Shkola dlya durakov
Sologub, Fedor Kuz'mich 
          • Mel’kii bes
          • ”Ya bog tainstvennogo mira”
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich 
          • selections from Gulag arkhipelag
          • “Matrenin dvor”
          • Odin den’ Ivana Denisovicha
          • Rakovyi korpus OR V kruge pervom
Sorokin, Vladimir Georgievich 
          • Delovoe Predlozhenie
          • Led
          • Ochered’
          • Zasedania zavkoma
Tolstaya, Tat'iana Nikitichna 
          • Noch
          • Peters
          • Reka Okkervil
Trifonov, Iurii Valentinovich 
          • Dom na naberezhnoi
Tsvetaeva, Marina Ivanovna 
          • 5-6 poems
          • Iskusstvo pri svete sovesti
          • Moi Pushkin
Voinovich, Vladimir Nikolayevich
          • Zhizn’ & neobychainye priklyucheniya soldata Ivana Chonkina
Vysotsky, Vladimir Semyonovich
          • “Beg inokhodtsa”
          • “Koni priveredlivye”
          • “Lukomor’e bol’she net”
          • “Maski”
          • “Militseiskii protokol”
          • “Mne sud’ba”
          • “Okhota na volkov”
          • “Ya ne lyublyu”
Zamyatin, Evgenii Ivanovich 
          •  My
          • “Peshchera”
          • selected essays
Zoshchenko, Mikhail Mikhailovich 
          • Akter
          • “Banya”
          • Golubaya kniga
          • “Kakie u menya byli professii”
          • “Kocherga” 
          • “Koshka i lyudi”
          • “Monter” 
          • “Nervnye lyudi”

SECONDARY SOURCES

        • Boyd, BrianNabokov: The Russian Years
        • Clark, Katerina—The Soviet Novel: History as Ritual
        • Connolly, Julian, ed.—The Critical Companion to Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading 
        • Curtis, J.A.E.—Bulgakov’s Last Decade: The Writer as Hero
        • Goscilo, Helena—The Explosive World of Tatyana Tolstaya’s Fiction
        • Lipovetsky, Mark, ed.—Postmodernist Russian Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos
        • Milne, Lesley—Mikhail Bulgakov: A Critical Biography
        • Rayfield, Donald—Understanding Chekhov: A Critical Study of Chekhov’s Prose and Drama 
        • Seifried, Thomas—Andrei Platonov: Uncertainties of Spirit
        • Sicher, Efraim—Style and Structure in the Prose of Isaak Babel’
        • Smith, Gerald—Songs to Seven Strings: Russian Guitar Poetry and Soviet “Mass Song” 
        • Styan, John L.—Chekhov in Performance: A Commentary on the Major Plays 

Literary Theory

    • Adams, Hazard and Leroy Searle—Critical Theory Since Plato
    • Bakhtin, MikhailEpos i roman, The Dialogic Imagination (four essays in translation)
    • Barthes, RolandDeath of the Author
    • Benjamin, WaltherIlluminations: Essays and Reflections
    • Booth, WayneRhetoric of Fiction
    • Butler, JudithAntigone’s Claim
    • Deleuze and GuattariKafka: Toward a Theory of Minor Literature
    • Derrida, Jacques“Structure, Sign, and Play”
    • Eagleton, Terry—Literary Theory: An Introduction
    • Eikhenbaum, BorisKak sdelana "Shinel"
    • Emerson, CarylCritical Essays on Mikhail Bakhtin
    • Foucault, Michel“What is an author” AND Power/Knowledge 
    • Frye, NorthropThe Anatomy of Criticism
    • Jameson, FredricThe Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism
    • Lotman, YuriiStruktura khudozhestvennogo teksta
    • Lukacs, GeorgTheory of the Novel
    • Moi, Toril, ed.The Kristeva Reader
    • Nelson et al.Introduction to Cultural Studies
    • Propp, VladimirMorfologiya skazki
    • Shklovsky, ViktorO teorii prozy

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