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Contemporary Russian Satire
A Genre Study

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026260

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  • This wide-ranging study presents an examination of the extraordinary diversity and range of satirical writing in contemporary Russian literature. Through the close analysis of seminal satirical texts written by five Russian and emigré authors in the 1970s and 1980s, Karen Ryan-Hayes demonstrates that formal and thematic parody is pervasive and that it provides additional levels of meaning in contemporary Russian satire. The author focuses on different subgenres of satire and offers practical criticism on each text.

    • A wide-ranging study that will be of interest not only to Slavicists but also to other literary scholars
    • Russian satire is commanding growing interest among researchers and in student courses
    • Provides the historical and biographical background of five prominent Russian writers who have enjoyed positive receptions in the West
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "I highly recommend this book for advanced undergraduate courses in Russian and world literature, and also for specialists." Valerie Z. Nollan, The Russian Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026260
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.393kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the translation
    1. Iskander's transparent allegory: Rabbits and Boa Constrictors
    2. Beyond picaresque: Erofeev's Moscow-Petushki
    3. Satire and the autobiographical mode: Limonov's It's Me, Eddie
    4. The family chronicle revisited: Dovlatov's Ours
    5. Dystopia redux: Voinovich and Moscow 2042
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  • Author

    Karen L. Ryan-Hayes, University of Virginia

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