Oxford University Press has published A History of Russian Literature, co-authored by Irina Reyfman (Professor of Russian Literature), Andrew Kahn (University of Oxford), Mark Lipovetsky (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Stephanie Sandler (Harvard University). Lipovetsky will join the Columbia Slavic Department in 2019.
The Harriman Institute will host a book launch on October 12, 2018, with all four authors present.
From the publisher's website:
The History addresses major continuities and discontinuities in the history of Russian literature across all periods, and in particular bring out trans-historical features that contribute to the notion of a national literature. The volume's time-range has the merit of identifying from the early modern period a vital set of national stereotypes and popular folklore about boundaries, space, Holy Russia, aRnd the charismatic king that offers culturally relevant material to later writers. This volume delivers a fresh view on a series of key questions about Russia's literary history, by providing new mappings of literary history and a narrative that pursues key concepts (rather more than individual authorial careers). This holistic narrative underscores the ways in which context and text are densely woven in Russian literature, and demonstrates that the most exciting way to understand the canon and the development of tradition is through a discussion of the interrelation of major and minor figures, historical events and literary politics, literary theory and literary innovation.