Reading List for the Comprehensive Exams in Russian Literature
(Titles in bold are strongly recommended; other titles are suggested)
This list charts one possible route across the Russian literary and critical tradition and is intended as a study tool, not as a definitive canon. The “strongly recommended” works constitute the core of the corpus. These core works, along with other works covered in the Slavic Department curriculum, may be specifically addressed in the exam questions, while the “suggested” works provide a starting point for further exploration of a particular period or author. Preparation for these exams should take many forms, including class work, independent reading, and consultations with faculty members about their areas of specialization.
Copies of the reading list and a sample of the exam are available from the ADA and from the Exam Coordinator.