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SLAV2410-2411-3411 Spaces of Russian Literature Reading List

The Spaces of Russian Literature, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Sarah Hudspith
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Primary texts

Semester 1

Week 2:
Michel de Certeau, ‘Walking in the City’, in The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. by Steven Rendall (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), pp. 91-110. 

Robert A Maguire, ‘The City’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel ed. by Malcolm V Jones and Robin F Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 21-40. 

Weeks 3-4:
Fedor Dostoevsky, White Nights (Penguin Little Black Classics, 2016), also available online

Tatyana Tolstaya, ‘Okkervil River’ and ‘Peters’ in White Walls (New York: New York Review Books, 2007), pp. 17-28 and pp. 175-192, also available in On the Golden Porch And Other Stories (London: Virago, 1989).       OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 01/10/2021) 

Weeks 5-6:
Marina Tsvetaeva, ‘Verses About Moscow’ in Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, trans. by Elaine Feinstein (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981), pp. 7-11. 

Liudmilla Petrushevskaya, The Time: Night, trans. by Sally Laird (London: Virago, 1992).    

Weeks 8-9:
Teffi, Memories. From Moscow to the Black Sea, trans. by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler, Anne Marie Jackson and Irina Steinberg (London: Pushkin Press, 2016).

Semester 2

Week 15:

Timothy Clark, 'Introduction' in The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 1-11.  

Hugh McLean, ‘The Countryside’ in The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel ed. by Malcolm V Jones and Robin F Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), pp. 41-60.  

Week 16:
Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries (Penguin Little Black Classics, 2015), also available online:

Olga Pokrovskaya, ‘The Eternal Garden’, unpublished translation by Enya Lennon, 2019. Click here for PDF  

Weeks 17-19:
Vladimir Makanin, ‘The Captive of the Caucasus’, trans. by Arch Tait, in Captives and Latest Booker Winners. Glas: New Russian Writing, Vol. 11. ed. By Natasha Perova and Arch Tait (Moscow: Glas 1996), pp. 6-37. 

German Sadulaev, ‘One Swallow Doesn’t Make A Summer’ in I am a Chechen!, trans. by Anna Gunin (London: Harvill Secker, 2010), pp. 1-91.   

Weeks 20-23:
Yuri Rytkheu, When the Whales Leave, trans. by Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2019) 

Hamid Ismailov, The Dead Laketrans. Andrew Bromfield (London: Peirene Press, 2014)    

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Secondary sources

Theories of spatiality

Robert T. Tally Jr, Spatiality (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).      

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, trans. by Maria Jolas (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1994).

Mikhail Bakhtin, 'Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel' in The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, ed. by Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981), pp. 84-258.  

Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 2004).

Timothy Clark, The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Michel Foucault, ‘Questions on Geography’, in Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings , 1972-1977, ed. by Colin Gordon (New York: Pantheon, 1980), pp. 63-77.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 01/10/2021) 

Doreen Massey, Space, Place and Gender (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1994).

Bertrand Westphal, Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces, trans. by Robert Tally (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (London: Hogarth, 1993).

Russian space

Edith W. Clowes, Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011), especially ‘Introduction: Is Russia a Center or a Periphery?’ pp. 1-18. ‘Deconstructing Imperial Moscow’ pp. 19-42, ‘Demonizing the Post-Soviet Other: The Chechens and the Muslim South’ pp. 140-64.     

Helena Goscilo, ‘Women’s Space and Women’s Place in Contemporary Russian Fiction’, in Gender and Russian Literature: New Perspectives, ed. by Rosalind Marsh (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 326-47.    

Sarah Hudspith, ‘Traversing the Labyrinth: female protagonists’ experience of Moscow in fiction of the 1990s’, Modern Language Review, vol. 110, no. 3, 2015, pp 759-80. Includes a section on Petrushevskaia.

Dina Khapaeva, ‘Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow: Literary Reality or Nightmare?’, in Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities, ed. by Mark Bassin and Catriona Kelly (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 171-90. 

Anne Lounsbery, 'Provinces, regions, circles, grids: How literature has shaped Russian geographical identity', in E. Clowes, G. Erbsloh, A. Kokobobo (eds) Russia's Regional Identities: The Power of the Provinces (London: Routledge, 2018) pp. 44-69. 

Critical literature on the authors

Dale E Peterson, ‘Dostoevsky’s White Nights: Memoir of a Petersburg Pathology’ in Before They Were Titans. Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, ed. by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen (Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015), pp. 93-113. 

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

Sally Dalton-Brown, ‘A Map of the Heart: Tatyana Tolstaya's Topographies,’ Essays in Poetics: The Journal of the British Neo-Formalist Circle, 1996 Autumn; 21: 1-18.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Simon Karlinsky, Marina Tsvetaeva: the Woman, her World and her Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985).

Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, ‘The New Model of Discourse in Post-Soviet Russian Fiction: Liudmila Petrushevskaia and Tatiana Tolstaia’ in Russian Postmodernism. New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Literature, ed. by Mikhail Epstein, Alexander Genis, Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover (New York: Berghahn, 2016), pp. 291-332.    

Edythe C Haber, ‘Fashioning Life: Teffi and Women’s Humour’ in Reflective Laughter: Aspects of Humour in Russian Culture, ed. by Lesley Milne (London: Anthem, 2004), pp. 63-71.    

Edythe C Haber, Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter (London: I B Tauris, 2019).     

Emma Polotskaya, ‘Chekhov and his Russia’ in The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov ed. by Vera Gottlieb and Paul Allain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 17-28. 

Matthew Mangold, ‘Space and Storytelling in Late Imperial Russia: Tolstoy, Chekhov and the Question of Property, Russian Review, vol. 76, no. 1, Jan 2017, pp. 72-94.

Irina Anisimova, ‘The Post-Soviet “Orient” in Stories by Vladimir Makanin and Liudmila Petrushevskaia’, Canadian Slavonic Papers, vol. 59, nos. 1-2, 2017, pp. 1-20.

Mark Lipovetsky, ‘Makanin’s Existential Myth in the Nineties: ‘Escape Hatch,’ ‘The Prisoner from the Caucasus’ and Underground’ in Routes of Passage: Essays on the Fiction of Vladimir Makanin, ed. by Byron Lindsey and Tatiana Spektor (Bloomington, IL: Slavica, 2007), pp. 97-107.    

Tony Wood, ‘War Signs its Name’, Times Literary Supplement, 7 January 2011, p. 21. On Sadulaev.

Kapka Kassabova, ‘I Am A Chechen! By German Sadulaev, translated by Anna Gunin – Review’, The Guardian, 15 January 2011.

Audun J. Morch, 'The Chronotope of the Primordial: Yuri Rytkheu's When the Whales Leave', Nordlit 32, 2014, pp. 17-32.


This list was last updated on 12/04/2022