World Literature in the Soviet Union: Studies in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History

Edited by Galin Tihanov, Anne Lounsbery and Rossen Djagalov

Published by Academic Studies Press

This is the first volume to consistently examine Soviet engagement with world literature from multiple institutional and disciplinary perspectives: intellectual history, literary history and theory, comparative literature, translation studies, diaspora studies. Its emphasis is on the lessons one could learn from the Soviet attention to world literature; as such, the present volume makes a significant contribution to current debates on world literature beyond the field of Slavic and East European Studies and foregrounds the need to think of world literature pluralistically, in a manner that is not restricted by the agendas of Anglophone academe.




Galin Tihanov, Rossen Djagalov, Anne Lounsbery

1.     World Literature in the Soviet Union: Infrastructure and Ideological Horizons

Galin Tihanov

2.     On the Worldliness of Russian Literature

Anne Lounsbery

3.       Armenian Literature as World Literature: Phases of Shaping it in the Pre-Soviet and Stalinist Contexts

Susanne Frank 

4.      The Roles of “Form” and “Content” in World Literature as Discussed by Viktor Shklovsky in His Writings of the Immediately Post-Revolutionary Years 

Katerina Clark

5.     “The Treasure Trove of World Literature”: Shaping the Concept of World Literature in Post-Revolutionary Russia 

Maria Khotimsky

6.     The Birth of New out of Old: Translation in Early Soviet History

Sergey Tyulenev

7.       International Literature: A Multi-Language Soviet Journal as a Model of “World Literature” of the Mid-1930s USSR 

Elena Ostrovskaya, Elena Zemskova, Evgeniia Belskaia, Georgii Korotkov

8.       Translating China into International Literature: Stalin-Era World Literature Beyond the West

Edward Tyerman

9.     World Literature and Ideology: The Case of Socialist Realism

Schamma Schahadat

10.   Premature Postcolonialists: The Afro-Asian Writers’ Association (1958–1991) and Its Literary Field 

Rossen Djagalov

11.    Can “Worldliness” Be Inscribed into the Literary Text?: Russian Diasporic Writing in the Context of World Literature 

Maria Rubins