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Dickens in Post-Soviet Russia

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This essay considers the extent to which Dickens is still needed and still read in post-Soviet Russia—a country with a relatively new kind of government, a new ideology, and new literary standards. In fact, my survey opens with a question: what happens to Dickens now on the big stage of post-Soviet Russia? To answer it, I first briefly consider (1) several outstanding editions in translation of Dickens's works, then examine (2) significant recent scholarly studies, and then review (3) a few doctoral dissertations, before describing (4) some noteworthy adaptations into film, audiobooks or CDs, and theater performances. The many different kinds of editions of Dickens's works now available in Russia indicate a demand, at least in the book market. In addition, during the last two decades there have appeared important scholarly books, essays, and dissertations that explore new aspects of the world of Dickens. Finally, the large number of adaptations of his fiction into other media gives grounds for hope that he is just entering the post-Soviet scene and that the play, of which this inimitable writer is the author, editor, theater director, and principal actor, is only beginning.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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