WR150: Russian Literature Sources

Additional Print Sources



The Modern encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet history.   ed. by Joseph L. Wieczynski (Mugar Ref: X DK36 M55 V. 1-3)
The Russian empire, 1801-1917.   Seton-Watson, Hugh (MugarDK189 F67 1967)
Major problems in the history of imperial Russia.  ed. by James Cracraft (Mugar DK127 .M35 1994 )
Russia : a history.   ed.  by Gregory L. Freeze (Mugar: DK40 R88 1997)
A history of Russia. 7th ed. by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, Mark D. Steinberg (Mugar: DK40 R5 2005)

Culture and Literature

Russian writers; a bio-bibliographical dictionary. Valentine Snow (Mugar: PG2933 S66 Vol. 1 1946)
The Cambridge History of Russian Literature. ed. by Charles A. Moser (Mugar Ref: PG2951 C36 1989)
Russian literary criticism, a short history. [by] R. H. Stacy (Mugar: PN99 R9 S8)
Natasha’s dance : a cultural history of Russia.  Orlando Fig (Mugar: DK42 F54 2002)
The Russia reader : history, culture, politics.  ed. by Adele Barker and Bruce Grant (Mugar DK18 .R874 2010)

Primary sources

Russian Literature and Folklore

a repository of Russian verbal art and the scholarly and other texts vital to understanding it. Project of Gorky Institute of World Literature and the Informregistr Center at the Russian Ministry for Communications.

Seventeen Moments in Soviet History

rich archive of texts, images, maps and audio and video materials from the Soviet era (1917-1991) developed with a grant from the NEH.


a research guide on the WWW with links to primary documents websites about Russian history and culture.

References Works

Dictionary of the Russian Revolution. George Jackson, editor-in-chief ; Robert Devlin, assistant editor (Mugar: DK265.D49 1989)
The Gulag handbook : an encyclopedia dictionary of Soviet penitentiary institutions and terms related to the forced labor camps.  Jacques Rossi ; translated from the Russian by William A. Burhans (Mugar: HV9712 .R6713 1989)
Dictionary of Russian literature since 1917 / Wolfgang Kasack. Translated by Maria Carlson and Jane T. Hedges ; bibliographical revision by Rebecca Atack (Mugar: PG3017 .K3513 1988)
Biographical dictionary of Russian/Soviet composers. editors-in-chief, Allan Ho and Dmitry Feofanov (Mugar: X ML106.S68 B56 1989)
A dictionary of Russian and Soviet artists, 1420-1970. John Milner (Mugar: N6998 .M555 1993)
Dictionary of Russian women writers. edited by Marina Ledkovsky, Charlotte Rosenthal, Mary Zirin Mugar: Reference (Mugar: X PG2997 .D53 1994)


Anthology of old Russian literature. ed. by Ad. Stender-Petersen (Mugar: PG3223 F54)
Anthology of eighteenth century Russian literature. (Mugar: PG3225 F51 Vols 1, 2)
The Ardis anthology of Russian romanticism. ed. by Christine Rydel (Mugar: PG213 A74 1984)
Women writers in Russian modernism : an anthology. translated and ed. by Temira Pachmuss (Mugar: PG3213 W6)
Bilingual Anthology of Russian Verse – website from Northwestern
Glasnost : an anthology of Russian literature under Gorbachev. ed. by Helena Goscilo & Byron Lindsey; introduction by Helena Goscilo (Mugar PG3276 .G54 1990 )
Russian literature of the twenties : an anthology; ed. by Carl R. Proffer … [et al.] introduction by Robert A. Maguire (Mugar PG3276 .R88 1987)
Russian romantic prose : an anthology : containing tales by Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Orest Somov, Vladimir Odoevsky, Alexander Veltman, Mikhail Lermontov, Count Vladimir Sollogub, Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky with translations by David Lowe … [et al.]; ed. by Carl R. Proffer (Mugar PG3286 .R89M )
From Karamzin to Bunin; an anthology of Russian short stories. ed. with a critical commentary and eleven new translations by Carl R. Proffer (Mugar PG3286 .F691)
An anthology of Russian literature in the Soviet period from Gorki to Pasternak. Bernard Guilbart Gueryen (Mugar PG3213 .F60 )
Politicizing magic : an anthology of Russian and Soviet fairy tales. ed. by Marina Balina, Helena Goscilo, and Mark Lipovetsky (Mugar GR203.17 .P65 2005 )


The modern Russian dictionary for English speakers : English-Russian. (Mugar: PG2640. W54 1982)
The Penguin Russian Dictionary.  (Mugar: Ref. PG2640. R93 1995)
The Oxford Russian Dictionary.  (Mugar: Ref. PG2640. O93 1993)
Russian-English dictionary of contemporary slang : a guide to the living language of today.   by ‘UFO’ (Valery Nikolski). This dictionary of slang is used by many Russian groups and sub-cultures: hippie, punk, gang, criminal, youth and student speech. There are full translations of all the examples of each entry. The book aims to bridge colloquial speech and the language of the modern novel and magazine. It should be of interest to linguists, to students of Russian and to readers of contemporary literature. (Mugar: Reference X PG2752 .U36 1997)

Databases – Russian Literature

bibliographic records for journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations,online resources, and selected government publications from 1990.

Updated weekly, including 1100 Arts journals and 7,000 Scientific and Social Sciences journals.

2.3 million fulltext dissertations from around the world, some in Russian

Abstracts and fulltext from scholarly journals and less well-known journals, online resources, and selected government publications. Fulltext from 1995.

Standard critical reference provides essay-length entries and bibliographies of key thinkers and their thoughts

access to the full text of over 330 scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

Full text literary databases and complementary reference databases.


Access to the full text of over 330 scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

Journals — Paper and Electronic

Russian literature

covers special topics of Russian literature with contributions on related subjects in Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak and Polish literatures

Russian Literature TriQuarterly

(some copies)PG 2901 R86 – publishes articles on Russian and Slavic subjects

Russian Review

Mugar DK1 .F41

Russian Studies in Literature

publishes high-quality, annotated translations of Russian literary criticism and scholarship on contemporary works and popular cultural topics as well as the classics

Russian Studies in Philosophy

features selected scholarly papers from conferences and joint research projects as well as from the leading Russian-language journals in philosophy

Slavic and East European Journal

electronic from various databases, various dates – and Mugar PG1 .F43

Slavic Review

Mugar D377 .F45 – interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, past and present.

Soviet Studies

Mugar DK266 A2S74 – journal devoted to studies of the Soviet Union

Tolstoy Studies Journal

some electronic A refereed annual put out by the Tolstoy Society of North America. In addition to articles, the journal publishes review articles, roundtable discussions, news and events, notices of work in progress, special reports and book reviews.

Toronto Slavic Quarterly – electronic

from the University of Toronto

Ulbandus – electronic,

from Columbia University — a peer-reviewed journal devoted to refreshing, adventurous, and provocative work on topics in Slavic literatures and cultures.


Internet Archive

Books published before 1923 by and about Russian authors and literature.

Russian Newspapers (BU only)

Russian Life

journal covering events of Russian life today but a subscription is needed.


Russian Book Catalog

Russian Analytical Digest

Open Access, on the WWW. Mainly political

Please see additional print resources in Mugar Library.