In Gorbachev's Russia and outside of it the strength and scope of Russian nationalism is currently a subject of strenuous scholarly debate. The many and varied forms national ideology takes in Russian literature are the subject of this collection of essays. Over the past two hundred years Russians have used their literature to express both conformist and nonconformist views on the relationship between the individual and society and on Russian national destiny.
Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Grossman, Tvardovsky, Rasputin, Zinovyev and others have taken diverse stands in regard to Russian nationalism, and their points of view are explored in this book. Several chapters offer suggestive overviews of nationalism's role in literature. The influence of Stalinist mentality on nationalism is also explored, as are the overt expressions of nationalist sentiments in the conditions of Gorbachev's glasnost. This book offers a rare insight into the present Soviet Russian literary scene, and it will help refocus future studies of Russian literature.
1. Foreword (by McMillin, Arnold); 2. Editor's Preface; 3. A Note on Transliteration; 4. The Quest for Russian National Identity in Soviet Culture Today (by Gibian, George); 5. Portrayal of Nationalities in Soviet Russian Litterature (by Ermolaev, Herman); 6. The Village Writers and the Single-Stream Theory of Russian History (by Walsh, Harry); 7. A Conflict of Visions: Vasilii Grossman and the Russian Idea (by Garrard, John G.); 8. "Self" and "Other" in Russian Literature (by Monas, Sidney); 9. Stalin's Legacy: Populism in Literature (by Glazov, Yuri Y.); 10. Aleksandr Zinov's ev's Vision of Soviet Ideology (by Brom, Libor); 11. Russian Nationalism and Soviet Intellectuals under Gorbachev (by Shlapentokh, Dmitry); 12. Fyodor Dostoevsky as Bearer of a Nationalistic Outlook (by Allain, Louis); 13. Pushkin: Ideologist of Post-Petrine Russia or European Humanist? (by Wheeler, Marcus); 14. Soviet Russian Musicological Reevaluations of Stravinsky's Neoclassical Phase (by Milojkovic-Djuric, Jelena); 15. About the Authors; 16. Notes; 17. Index