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Review: Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature (Book 1)

Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader, Book I (Perestroika and the Post-Soviet Period) edited by Mark Lipovetsky & Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya was reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal, 59.2 (Summer 2015). Reviewer Rachel Stauffer (Ferrum College) writes:

“[O]ffers an unrivaled collection of Russian literary works in English from the perestroika and early post-Soviet periods. The book also offers valuable secondary works of criticism by well-known scholars in contemporary Russian literature. . . . Late and Post-Soviet Literature offers an authentic, thoughtful, and carefully curated collection of texts and criticism, filling a need for works on this time period. It is an ideal text for use in an undergraduate course on contemporary Russian literature in translation, and, in fact, could be used alone for this purpose and/or in combination with full novels. If the first volume is any indication, we have much to look forward to in the second volume on the Thaw and Stagnation periods.”

Review: Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap edited by Deborah Martinsen, Cathy Popkin & Irina Reyfman was reviewed in The Russian Review, October 2015 issue (Vol. 74, No. 4). Reviewer Donna Orwin (University of Toronto) writes:

“This volume celebrates the career of Columbia University Professor Robert L. Belknap (1929-2014), who trained a generation of teachers and scholars working across North America. The contribution to it by Belknap himself provides a fascinating history of pedagogical experimentation at Columbia during his time there. The twenty-one other contributors to the volume, drawn from his former students, colleagues, and admirers, practice what he preached. The mix of close-reading and contextualization that he and his colleagues promoted and delivered is an inspiration and a challenge for those of us who deal with shorter semesters, fewer teaching hours each week, and undergraduates who cannot read as many pages as he did. . . . In his own essay, Belknap describes his own life’s work as “studying and teaching.” It seems clear that he regards the two as linked, as indeed they are in all the contributions to this volume. Each essay can be profitably read as both scholarship and pedagogy.”

Review: By Fables Alone

By Fables Alone: Literature and State Ideology in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Russia by Andrei Zorin, translated by Marcus C. Levitt was reviewed in the Slavic and East European Journal, 59.2 (Summer 2015). Reviewer Carrol F. Coates writes:

“. . . Zorin commands a broad range of literary and historical literature and his essays give depth to the selected themes concerning the reigns of Catherine II and Alexander I. . . . [T]he difficult translation is generally skillful and it makes available for Anglophones a more profound examination of historical events discussed.”

Book Review: Chapaev and His Comrades

Chapaev and His Comrades: War and the Russian Literary Hero Across the Twentieth Century was reviewed in the Slavic Review, vol. 73, no. 4 (Winter 2014). Reviewer Keith Livers (University of Texas, Austin) writes: 

"Chapaev and His Comrades represents an important contribution to an already robust body of scholarly works on the theme of the hero in Russian literature, its specific merit being that it provides us with a comprehensive and nuanced reading of how Soviet and post-Soviet identity shaped itself around a century of almost constant war. . . . Brintlinger’s monograph is an engaging one, and it adds significantly to our understanding of how Russian identity was constructed by the major conflicts of the twentieth century. Chapaev and His Comrades will be of interest to Slavists but also to those interested in peace and conflict studies.”