What is a “national literature”?
Do nations need a national literature and national poets?
How important is reading for nation building?
What are the functions of reading clubs?
Which role do national poets play in the 20th century?
Hosking, Geoffrey, Russia. People and Empire, pp. 286-311 [= ‘Literature as Nation-Builder’].
Subtelny, Orest, Ukraine. A History (Toronto/Buffalo/London, 3rd ed., 2000), pp. 221-242 [= Chapter 13: ‘The Growth of National Consciousness’]
Davies, Norman, God’s Playground. A History of Poland, Vol. 2: 1795 to the Present, (New York, 2005) , pp. 3-59 [= Chapter 1: ‘NARÓD: The Growth of the Modern Nation (1772-1945)’].
Eile, Stanislaw, Literature and Nationalism in Partitioned Poland, 1795-1918 (Houndmills, 2000) [especially Chapter 2: ‘Messianism and the National Cause’, pp. 46-67].
Figes, Orlando, Natasha’s Dance. A Cultural History of Russia (London, 2002).
Sandler, Stephanie, Commemorating Pushkin: Russia’s Myth of a National Poet (Stanford, 2004).
Mickiewicz, Adam, Pan Tadeusz (New York, 1992).
Pushkin,Alexander, Boris Godunov (Whitefish, 2004), Internet version: http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/brsgd10.txt
Shevchenko, Taras, Selected Works (London, 1982), Internet version