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SLAV2109/2110 Reading List

Postcommunist / Postmodernist Identities, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Yuliya Kazanova
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Texts:

Literary texts:

Polevoi, Boris (1967). A story about a real man . Trans. Joe Fineberg. Ed. David Skvirsky. Moscow: Progress Publishers. (selected chapters) 

Pelevin, Victor (1996). Omon Ra . Trans. Andrew Bromfield. London: Faber and Faber.

Sorokin, Vladimir (2012). Day of the oprichnik : a novel . Trans. Jamey Gambrell. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, reprint edition.

Kristof, Agota (2014). The notebook ; The proof ; The third lie : three novels. Trans. Alan Sheridan. CB Editions.

Pavic, Milorad (1989). Dictionary of the Khazars : a lexicon novel in 100,000 words . Trans. Christina Pribicevic-Zoric. New York: Vintage International.

Kundera, Milan (1984). The Unbearable Lightness of Being . Trans. Michael Henry Heim. London: Faber and Faber.


Alchin, Pavla (2008). Legless (East-West). [A copy will be available in the language centre; the film will be shown in class.]

Sokurov, Aleksandr (2002). Russian ark [videorecording].

Becker, Wolfgang (2003). Good Bye, Lenin.

Svankmajer, Jan (1999). Conspirators of Pleasure

Essential background reading:

Literary theory

Lentricchia, Frank and McLaughlin, Thomas (eds.), (1995).  Critical Terms for Literary Study. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press. Especially sections on Representation, Structure, Discourse, Narrative, Performance, Author, Culture, Canon, Ideology, and Popular Culture.

Theories of postmodernism

Ward, Glenn (2010). Understand postmodernism [electronic resource]: Teach Yourself . London: Hodder Education. Especially Introduction and Chapter One ‘Postmodernisms.’

Lipovetsky, Mark (1999). ‘Introduction.’ In Russian postmodernist fiction : dialogue with chaos. Ed. Eliot Borenstein. Armonk, N.Y.; London: M.E. Sharpe.

Postmodernism and film

Degli-Esposti, Cristina (ed.) ( 1998). Postmodernism in the cinema. Providence, R.I.: Berghahn Books.

Essential reading on the literary texts:

Genis, Alexander (1999). ‘Borders and Metamorphoses: Viktor Pelevin in the Context of Post-Soviet Literature . In Epstein, M., Genis, A. and Vladiv-Glover, S. Russian postmodernism : new perspectives on post-Soviet culture. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 212-224.

Dreyer, Nicolas (2014). ‘Freedom and Captivity in the works of Vladimir Sorokin and Vladimir Tuchkov’. The modern language review. , 109 (3), 749-74.

Aptekman, Marina (2009). ‘Forward to the Past, or Two Radical Views on the Russian Nationalist Future: Pyotr Krasnov’s Behind the Thistle and Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik .’ The Slavic and East European journal. , 53 (2), 241-60.

Marcus, Amit (2006). ‘Sameness and Selfhood in Agota Kristof's The Notebook ’, Partial answers.: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas , 4 (2). 79-90. 

Wachtel, Andrew (1997). ‘Postmodernism as Nightmare: Milorad Pavic's Literary Demolition of Yugoslavia’, Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ) Winter; 41 (4). 627-44.

Misurella, Fred (1993). ‘Longing for Paradise: The Unbearable Lightness of Being ’, in Understanding Milan Kundera : public events, private affairs. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.

Essential reading on the films:

Emily Ewers “Museum, Archive and Historical Narrative in Russkii Kovcheg and Gorod Zero”

 Raoul Eshelman, “Sokurov’s Russian Ark And The End Of Postmodernism,” ARTMargins

Cooke, Paul (2005). Representing East Germany since unification : from colonization to nostalgia. Oxford: Berg. (Chapters 1 and 4.)

Recommended further reading:

Socialist realism, Postmodernism

Appignanesi, R, Garratt, C, et al. (2003) Introducing Postmodernism. Royston: Icon Books.

Balina, Marina, Condee, Nancy and  Dobrenko, Evgeny (eds.) ( 1999). Endquote : sots-art literature and Soviet grand style . Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press.

Chernetsky, Vitaly (2007). Mapping postcommunist cultures : Russia and Ukraine in the context of globalization. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press.

Clark, Katerina (1981). The Soviet Novel: History as Ritual. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Epstein, Mikhail, Genis, Alexander and Vladiv-Glover, Slobodanka ( 1999) . Russian postmodernism : new perspectives on post-Soviet culture. Trans. and ed. Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover. Oxford: Berghahn.

Hutcheon, Linda (1988). A poetics of postmodernism : history, theory, fiction. New York; London: Routledge.

Jameson, Fredric (1998). The cultural turn : selected writings on the postmodern 1983-1998. London: Verso.

Jameson, Fredric (1991). Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism . London: Verso.

Lipovetsky, Mark (2000). ‘On the Nature of Russian Postmodernism . In Ryan, Kaven. Twentieth-century Russian literature : selected papers from the Fifth World Congress of Central and East European Studies, Warsaw, 1995. London: McMillan, 319-338.

Lipovetsky, Mark (1999). Russian postmodernist fiction : dialogue with chaos. Ed. Eliot Borenstein. Armonk, N.Y.; London: M. E. Sharpe.

Woods, T. (1999) Beginning postmodernism. Manchester, New York: Manchester University Press.

Valuable sources in Russian

Bogdanova, O. (2004). Postmodernizm v kontekste sovremennoĭ russkoĭ literatury : (60-90-e gody XX veka - nachalo XXI veka) Sankt-Peterburg: Filologicheskii fakultet S.-Peterburgskogo gos. universiteta.

Kuritsyn, Viacheslav (2000). Russkiĭ literaturnyĭ postmodernizm. Moskva : OGI.

Lipovetskii, Mark (1997). Russkiĭ postmodernizm : ocherki istoricheskoĭ poėtiki Ekaterinburg: Uralskii gos. ped. universitet.

Further reading on the texts and films

Banerjee, Maria Nemcová (1990). Terminal Paradox: The Novels of Milan Kundera, New York: Grove Weidenfeld.

Hames, Peter (ed.) (1995). Dark alchemy : the films of Jan Švankmajer . Trowbridge: Flicks Books.

Le Grand, Eva (1999). Kundera : or the memory of desire . Trans. Lin Burman. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Miletic, Tijana ( 2008). European literary immigration into the French language : readings of Gary, Kristof, Kundera and Semprun Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Petro Peter (ed.) (1999). Critical essays on Milan Kundera, New York: G. K. Hall.

Skidmore, James M. (2008) ‘Good-Bye Reality, or the Seduction of Nostalgia: Genre and Cultural Imaginary in Good Bye, Lenin! and La Grande Séduction ’, in Keller, W. R.  and Walz, G. (eds), Screening Canadians : cross-cultural perspectives on Canadian film . Marburg, Germany: Universitätsbibliothek Marburg.

Uecker, Matthias (2007). ‘Fractured Families-United Countries? Family, Nostalgia and Nation-Building in Das Wunder von Bern and Goodbye Lenin! ’, New cinemas : journal of contemporary film. . 5 (3): 189-200.

Several useful articles on Pavic in Review of contemporary fiction. , 1998 Summer, 18 (2). Available online via University Library Catalogue.

This list was last updated on 23/09/2014