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Recommended reading for Kniazhna Mimi

Cornwell, Neil. The Life, Times and Milieu of V.F. Odoyevsky 1804-1869. London: The Athlone Press, 1986. Print.

Recommended by Neil Cornwell

This volume includes chapters on Odoevsky's biography, plus his writing, thought, etc. and an examination of his relationships with Tsarist society, as well as with a dozen leading contemporary figures (from Pushkin to Tolstoy). Plus an extensive bibliography; and a 'Foreword' contributed by Isaiah Berlin.

Cornwell, Neil, ed. The Society Tale in Russian Literature: From Odoevskii to Tolstoi. Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1998. Print.

Recommended by Neil Cornwell

This volume includes an essay on Odoevsky's society tales by the editor (pp. 9-19), with attention paid to Princess Mimi and Princess Zizi; plus relevant comments within the essays here presented by S. Dalton-Brown (21-39), and Richard Peace (115-25).

Andrew, Joe. Narrative and Desire in Russian Literature, 1822-49. London: Macmillan, 1993. Print.

Recommended by Neil Cornwell

His chapter 'V.F. Odoevsky and the Two Princesses' (pp. 50-84) takes a somewhat critical line on Odoevsky’s treatment of his eponymous princesses, stemming from twentieth-century feminist approaches to 'the woman question'.

Bagby, Lewis.“V. F. Odoevskij’s ’Knjažna Zizi’.” Russian Literature 17 (1985): n. pag. Print.

Recommended by Neil Cornwell

One of the few western commentators to examine Odoevsky's society tales, Bagby homes in on the use of the word strange (strannyi / strannaia), serving as a leitmotif for the ironic function of "masking" and "unmasking" in what is a complex narrative structure, self-consciously poised at a transitional point in the development of Russian fiction.

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