Russian Literature and the Classics attempts to fill a gap. To date there has been no book-length, systematic study of the impact of antiquity on Russian literature and culture. While by no means claiming to offer a comprehensive approach, the authors focus on various aspects of the influence which the Classics have had on Russian literature at particularly significant junctures - the beginning of the nineteenth century; the age of the great Russian realist novel; the "Silver Age"; Stalin's terror; the "Thaw" after 1956; and the period just before the collapse of Soviet society. In their introductory essay the editors offer an overview of the Classical Tradition. In it, they provide an insight into the contrasting ways in which that tradition manifested itself in the literatures of Western Europe and of Russia.

chapter |11 pages


ByPeter I. Barta, David H.J. Larmour, Paul Allen Miller

chapter |24 pages

Mediating the Distance

Prophecy and Alterity in Greek Tragedy and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
ByNaomi Rood

chapter |24 pages

The Sources of Andrei Bely's Literary Mifotvorchestvo

The Case of the Ableukhovs
ByMary Jo White

chapter |34 pages

Hellenism, Culture and Christianity

The Case of Vyacheslav Ivanov and his “Palinode” of 1927
ByPamela Davidson

chapter |26 pages

Soviet Russia Through the Lens of Classical Antiquity

An Analysis of Greco-Roman Allusions and Thought in the Oeuvre of Vasilii Grossman
ByFrank Ellis

chapter |17 pages

Classical Motifs in the Poetry of Aleksandr Kushner

ByDavid N. Wells

chapter |31 pages

The Wandering Greek

Images of Antiquity in Joseph Brodsky 1
ByDan Ungurianu