The Russian Twentieth Century Short Story: A Critical Companion

The Russian Twentieth Century Short Story: A Critical Companion

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Lyudmila Parts (Ed.)

Series: Cultural Revolutions: Russia in the Twentieth Century
ISBN: 9781934843444 (hardcover) / 9781934843697 (paper)
Pages: 400 pp.
Publication Date: December 2009

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The Russian Twentieth Century Short Story: A Critical Companion is a collection of the most informative critical articles on some of the best twentieth-century Russian short stories from Chekhov and Bunin to Tolstaya and Pelevin. While each article focuses on a particular short story, collectively they elucidate the developments in each author’s oeuvre and in the subjects, structure, and themes of the twentieth-century Russian short story. American, European, and Russian scholars discuss the recurrent themes of language’s power and limits, of childhood and old age, of art and sexuality, and of cultural, individual, and artistic memory. The book opens with a discussion of the short story genre and its socio-cultural function. This book will be of value to all scholars of Russian literature, the short story, and genre theory.


Lyudmila Parts (PhD Columbia University) is an associate professor in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at McGill University. Her book The Chekhovian Intertext: Dialogue with a Classic (2008) explores the intersection of intertextuality, cultural memory, and cultural myth. She has published articles on Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstaya, Petrushevskaya, P'etsukh, and Pelevin.


Parts (Russian, McGill University) brings together an international group of scholars for an analysis of the Russian short story in the twentieth century. . . .This is an interesting study of both Russian writers and the form of the short story itself.
— Book News Inc., Portland, OR
The content of this collection is timely and appropriate, ten years into the twenty-first century, as a point of entry for evaluation and reflection on exclusively twentieth-century literary phenomena in Russia. The articles within would complement the texts typically included in a graduate-level or advanced undergraduate-level course in twentieth century literature and culture. Similarly, for the scholar of twentieth-century literature, this is a nice collection for personal reference.
— Rachel Stauffer, University of Virginia, in Slavic and East European Journal
The strongest essays are those on Isaak Babel’ (by the late Robert Maguire), Varlam Shalamov (Leona Toker), and Vasilii Shukshin (Diane Nemec Ignashev). . . . [T]his volume is a welcome reminder of the varied scholarship inspired by the literature of the last century. Recommended.
— B. M. Sutcliffe, Miami University, in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, June 2010