Belova T.N. The Main Trends of Modern English-American Studies (2004–2011) of Russian Literature (XIX–XX centuries)
The article comprises the main trends of Modern English-American studies of Russian literature (2004–2011), that is a tend to an objective approach, bringing to light new names and new problems, taking into consideration various points of view of Russian scholars.
As in former times (1975–2004) the field of their activity lies in the works by L. Tolstoy, F. Dostoevsky, A. Chekhov, but during these last three decades they broke through the work of A. Pushkin, as well as M. Lermontov and N. Gogol – «the enigma» of Russian literature. Also there are the works by I. Turgenev and N. Leskov, the first monographs on whom by N. McLean and K.A. Lantz were published in the USA only in the late 1970-ies in the scope of their interest.
Also a sort of manuals on the history of Russian literature are being published, as well as on the genre problems in the Russian historical novel of XIX–XX centuries; on womenʼs writing, including a broad range of topics: proze and poetry, «damskaja proza» or without direct references to feminism; on the religious culture in the Imperial Russia and its influence on social consciousness; on comparative studies.
English and American scholars, experts in modern Russian literature, continue studying literature of Silver Age, the formation of early Soviet literature and art, documentalist aesthetics and the role of documental genres in the proze on Leningradeʼs siege and Stalinʼs GULAG, «Thaw» generation of writers and new approaches of study the post-Soviet literature.
Russian literature of XIX–XX centuries, English and American studies, genre, period, poetics, aesthetics, trend, new approach