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Tradice českých (a slovenských) bádání o dějinách ruské literatury po roce 1945 (syntézy a lexikony)

Title in English Overview of Czech (and Slovak) Research into the History of Russian Literature after 1945 (Synthetic Studies and Reference Works)

ŠAUR Josef

Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This study aims to provide a historiographical assessment of synthetic studies and reference works dealing with the history of Russian literature produced by Czech and Czechoslovak Russian scholars after 1945. During the short-lived Third Czechoslovak Republic (1945–1948), an interesting publication by Josef Jirásek and inspiring texts by Bohumil Mathesius were published in this area of study. After 1948, the domestic tradition of the study of Russian literature had to conform to the influence of Soviet scholarship. While numerous works of literary history and especially university textbooks were published before 1989, only rarely did they reflect the evolution of Russian literature as a whole. Most focused on the Soviet era. The lack of works covering the whole span of literary history was partially filled in by translations of Soviet synthetic studies. After 1989, the circumstances were for some time not favourable for a more profound synthetic study of Russian literary history, but several high-quality studies of specific historical periods as well as a crucial dictionary covering all three Eastern Slavic literatures were published.
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