First published in 1954, East-West Passage is a detailed study of the literary relationship between Russia and the West.
Divided into two parts, the book focuses both on specific literary connections, as well as on broader social and political considerations. It traces the gradual increase in awareness of Russian literature in England and the United States through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and considers the material that emerged in response, such as doctoral dissertations and critical essays. The volume highlights changes in literary tastes over the years, and explores in detail Russia’s influence on the West.
East-West Passage is ideal for those with an interest in the history of literature, as well as social and cultural history.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Part One; 1: From Love's Labour's Lost to Alice Through the Looking-glass; 2: Advancement of Learning about Russia; 3: The Crimean War and the Civil War; 4: Art and Politics; 5: American Attitudes towards Russian Literature and Culture, 1880-1905; 6: English Attitudes towards Russian Literature as contrasted with American, 1880-1905; 7: One the Eve, 1905-1917; 8: The Partial Eclipse of the Russian Soul; Part Two; 9: The Russian Influence: Subject-matter, Themes and Variations; 10: The Russian Influence: Novel, Short Story and Play; 11: The Russian Influence: Theatre; 12: The Pink Decade; 13: Art for Life; 14: Conclusion; Bibliography; Index