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Ideology and Imagination: Prose Literature in 19th Century Russia, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Yuliya Kazanova
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Semester One

Pushkin, A. S. (2012) The Captain’s Daughter, trans. P. Debreczeny. London: Alma Classics.

Dostoevsky, F. (2008) Notes from the underground ; and, The gambler. Trans. J. Kentish. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dostoevsky, F. M. (1963) ‘Mr –bov and the Question of Art’ in Dostoevsky’s Occasional Writings, trans. D. Magarshack. New York: Random House.

Gogol, N. V. (1986) Dead souls : a poem, trans. G. Reavey, ed. G. Gibian. New York, London: Norton.

Belinsky, V. G. (1948) Letter to Gogol,

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Semester Two

Turgenev, I. S. On the eve : a novel, trans. C. Garnett.

Dobrolyubov, N. A. ‘What is Oblomovism? ’ Available online: (Only accessible through Internet Explorer)

Goncharov, I. A. (2014) Oblomov, trans. S. Pearl. London: Alma Classics.

SLAV2105 only:

Tolstoy, L. N. (1995) What is art? trans. R. Pevear and L. Volokhonsky. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Tolstoy, L. N. (2015) Hadji Murat trans. K. Zinovieff. London: Alma Classics.

Chekhov, A. P. (2008) Ward number six and other stories, trans. R. Hingley. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Key general texts

Berlin, Isaiah. (1978) Russian Thinkers. London: Hogarth Press.

Jones, Malcolm and Miller, Robin Feuer, eds. (1998) The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Leatherbarrow, William and Offord, Derek, eds. (1987) A documentary history of Russian thought : from the Enlightenment to Marxism m. Ann Arbor: Ardis.

Nabokov, Vladimir (1983). Lectures on Russian literature ISBN: 0330269747 (pbk) ISBN: 0330269747 (pbk). London: Picador.

Simmons, E.J. (1965) Introduction to Russian realism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Debreczeny, Paul (1983). The other Pushkin : a study of Alexander Pushkin's prose fiction. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Mikkelson, Gerard (1973). ‘The Mythopoetic Element in Pushkin’s Historical Novel The Captain’s Daughter ’, Canadian-American Slavic Studies = Revue canadienne-américaine d'études slaves., vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 296-313. Available online:

Rikoun, Polina (2007). ‘Grinev the Trickster: Reading the Paradoxes of Pushkin’s ‘The Captain’s Daughter.’ The Slavic and East European journal., vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 16-34.

Wachtel, Andrew (1994). ‘Incarnations of Intergeneric Dialogue in the Age of Pushkin’ in An obsession with history : Russian writers confront the past. Stanford: Stanford University Press. pp. 66-87.


Frank, Joseph (1976). Dostoevsky The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849. London: Robson .

Jones, Malcolm (2005). Dostoyevsky after Bakhtin: Readings in Dostoyevsky’s Fantastic Realism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Bojanowska, Edyta M. (2007). Nikolai Gogol : between Ukrainian and Russian nationalism ISBN: 9780674022911 (hbk.) : £38.95; 0674022912 (hbk.) : £38.95. Cambridge, Mass., London: Harvard University Press.

Bernstein, Lina (1994). Gogol's last book : the architectonics of Selected passages from correspondence with friends. Birmingham: Birmingham Slavonic Monographs.

Fusso, Susanne. (1993) Designing dead souls : an anatomy of disorder in Gogol. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Maguire, Robert. (1994) Exploring Gogol. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Peace, Richard (1981). The enigma of Gogol : an examination of the writings of N.V. Gogol and their place in the Russian literary tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Woodward, James.  (1978) Gogol's Dead souls Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Freeborn, Richard (1960). Turgenev : the novelist's novelist : a study.. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Pumpyansky, Lev (1989). ‘Turgenev’s Novels and the Novel On the Eve ’ in David Lowe (ed), Critical essays on Ivan Turgenev. Boston, MA: G.K.Hall, pp. 124-44.

Seeley, F. F. (1991). ‘The New Man and the New Woman: On the Eve ’ in Turgenev : a reading of his fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Woodward, James (1990). Metaphysical conflict : a study of the major novels of Ivan Turgenev. Munich: Verlag Otto Sagne.


Dobrolyubov, N. A. ‘When Will the Day Come? On the Eve, a Novel by I. S. Turgenev’ in Selected philosophical essays, trans. J. Fineberg. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, pp. 389-441.

Kuhn, Alfred (1971). ‘Dobroliubov’s Critique of Oblomov: Polemics and Psychology’, Slavic review., vo. 30, no. 1, pp. 93-109.

Yovchuk, M. (1948). ‘Introduction’ in N. A. Dobrolyubov, Selected philosophical essays, trans. J. Fineberg. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, pp. v-xlvi.


Diment, Galya, ed. (1998). Goncharov's Oblomov : a critical companion. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Ehre, Milton (1973). Oblomov and his creator : the life and art of Ivan Goncharov.. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Peace, Richard (1991). Oblomov : a critical examination of Goncharov's novel Birmingham: Birminham Slavonic Monographs.

Rebel’, Galina (2013). ‘Oblomov and the Others’. Russian studies in literature, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 8-37.


Christian, R. F. (1969) Tolstoy: a critical introduction. London: Cambridge University Press.

Emerson, Caryl. (2002) ‘Tolstoy’s aesthetics’, in Orwin, Donna Tussing, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 237-51.

Heier, Edmund (1979). ‘ Hadji Murat in the Light of Tolstoy’s Moral and Aesthetic Theories’, Canadian Slavonic papers., vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 324-35.

Mounce, H. O. (2001) Tolstoy on aesthetics : what is art? Aldershot: Ashgate

Woodward, James (1973). ‘Tolstoy’s Hadji Murat: The Evolution of its Theme and Structure’, The modern language review., vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 870-82


Hahn, Beverley. (1977) Chekhov : a study of the major stories and plays s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rayfield, Donald. (1999) Understanding Chekhov : a critical study of Chekhov's prose and drama. Bristol Classical Press.

Wolff, Sally (1990). ‘The Wisdom of Pain in Chekhov’s Ward no. Six ’, Literature and medicine., vol. 9, pp. 134-41.

This list was last updated on 23/09/2017