Red Virgin Soil: Soviet Literature in the 1920's

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Northwestern University Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 482 pages
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"Red Virgin Soil is a detailed study of the eponymous journal that was the most significant Soviet literary journal of the 1920's. The journal published belles lettres, theory, and criticism and represented the first serious attempt in Russia in nearly half a century to shape an entire generation of writers, readers, and critics through the energy and authority of such a forum." "Maguire's work is also a survey of Soviet literary culture in that critical period between the end of the Civil War and the onslaught of the Stalinist era, a period when writers could still engage in public debate about literature's role in the building of a revolutionary culture." --Book Jacket.
 

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Contents

Beginnings
3
The Tradition
36
Literature and the Journal 1921 to 1923
67
Pilnyak and Ivanov
101
Dissensions and Decisions
148
The Theory of Literature
188
The Program for Literature
260
The New Literature 1923 to 1928
312
The Decline of the Thick Journal
365
Epilogue
417
Selected Bibliography
447
Index
457
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Robert A. Maguire is a professor of Slavic languages at Columbia University.

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