A Kindred Writer: Dickens in Russia, 1840–1990

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This essay examines the extraordinary popularity of Dickens in Russia. It covers translations, literary criticism, and theater productions from the 1840s to the end of the Soviet era. The major focus is on the interest in Dickens by Russia's foremost writers: Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gorky, and Bulgakov. None of them was immune to Dickens, and their reading of his works manifested itself in such Russian classics as Dead Souls, Sportsman's Sketches, The Insulted and Injured, The Idiot, The Resurrection, and The Lower Depths.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7756/dsa.043.010.209-232

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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  • Founded in 1970, the centennial anniversary of Dickens's death, DSA has been published since 1980 by AMS Press in cooperation with the Ph.D. program in English of the City University of New York and in association with the Graduate Center, CUNY and Queens College, CUNY. Besides presenting articles exploring the wide range of Dickens''s interests and talents, DSA also includes essays on other mid- and late- nineteenth-century authors and on the history and aesthetics of the period's fiction. In addition, each volume contains a substantial review article examining a prior year's scholarship on Dickens, and DSA occasionally publishes surveys of work on other Victorian writers, as well as review essays considering specialized studies of subjects in Victorian fiction. The editors seek to offer essays of "the most diverse kinds," those employing innovative as well as traditional approaches.
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