Handbook of Russian Literature by Victor Terras (Editor)
Call Number: Jones Ref PG2940 .H29 1985
Terras and his colleagues have prepared a truly unique work that is much more detailed and informative than An Introduction to Russian Language and Literature, ed. by Robert Auty and Dimitri Obolensky (CH, Jan '78), number 2 in the series ``Companion to Russian Studies''; and gives almost as much information as the multivolume Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet Literature, ed. by Harry B. Weber (CH, Jan '78). The signed entries in the Handbook...are mostly long; yet they are succinct and give a clear overview of their subject matter, which they treat most of the time in considerable depth. The Handbook...is especially valuable because of its attention to prerevolutionary movements of the 20th century, e.g., Acmeism or Futurism. Soviet scholars do not give these movements the attention they deserve, though neither do most Western scholars. The Handbook...contains many useful features: Russian names have accent marks, Russian titles have translations, and the entries have extensive and up-to-date bibliographies subdivided into categories like ``Translations,'' or ``Secondary Literature,'' all of which makes the Handbook...equally useful for undergraduates, Slavic scholars, and scholars interested in comparative literature.