SL 224 Post-Soviet Russian Literature (Fall: 3)
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Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, dramatic cultural shifts have
transformed Russian literature--writers no longer work under the "red pencil"
of censorship, but like writers in the West, under the "censorship" of the
marketplace. Crime fiction vies with more highbrow literature, and post-modern
themes and devices prevail among a younger generation less influenced by
a classical or Soviet heritage. Diversity (e.g., gender and ethnic identities),
newly acquired tastes, and a predictable tension between Soviet and post-Soviet
values characterize works by Boris Akunin, Valeriia Narbikova, Viktor Pelevin,
Nina Sadur, Vladimir Sorokin, Olga Slavnikova, and Liudmila Ulitskaia.
Maxim D. Shrayer
Last Updated: 04-FEB-13