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The Lay of Igor's Campaign
Anonymous heroic poem c.1185-86

Editions

Slovo o polku Igoreve, Igora syna Sviatoslavlia, vnuka Ol'gova. 1800; facsimile edition, Moscow, 1988.

Slovo o polku Igoreve po spisku naidennomu mezhdu bumagami imperatristy Ekateriny II, edited by P. Pekarskii. 1864.

Slovo o polku Igoreve, edited by A. S. Orlove. 1923; with modern Russian translation, 1950.

Slovo o polku Igoreve, edited by D. S. Likhachev. "Biblioteka poeta", Leningrad, 1967; 3rd edition, Leningrad, 1985.


Translations

La geste du Prince Igor, edited and translated by Henri Gregoire , Roman Jakobsonet al. New York, Annuaire de l'Institut de philologie et histoire orientales et slaves, 1948.

" The Igor Tale", in Anthology of Old Russian Literature, edited by A. Stender-Petersen and Stefan Congrat-Butlar. New York, Columbia University Press, 1954.

The Song of Igor's Campaign, translated by Vladimir Nabokov. New York, Vintage, 1960; London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1961; reprinted Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1988.

Selections translated as "The Lay of Igor's Campaign", by Dimitri Obolensky, in The Penguin Book of Russian Verse, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1962, revised edition, 1965; reprinted as The Heritage of Russian Verse, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1976, I-22.

The Tale of the Campaign of Igor, translated by Robert C. Howes . New York, Norton, 1973.

The Lay of the Warfare Waged by Igor (parallel English and modern Russian translations), translated by Irina Petrova. Moscow, Progress, 1981.


Critical Studies

History of Early Russian Literature, by N. K. Gudzii, translated by Susan Wilbur Jones, New York, Macmillan, 1949.

The Oriental Elements in the Vocabulary of the Oldest Russian Epos, the Igor' Tale, by Karl Heinrich Menges, New York, Linguistic Circle of New York, 1951. Imagery of the Igor' Tale in the Light of Byzantino-Slavic Poetic Theory, by Justinia Besharov, Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1956.

History of Russian Literature from the Eleventh Century to the End of the Baroque, by Dmitrij Čiževskij, The Hague, Mouton, 1960.

Selected Writings, by Roman Jakobson, 7 vols, The Hague, Mouton, 1962-85.

Glossary of the Igor' Tale, by Tatjana Čiževska, The Hague, Mouton, 1966.

" The Authenticity of the 'Slovo o polku Igoreve"', by D. S. Likhachev , Oxford Slavonic Papers, 23 ( 1967).

" Slovo o polku Igoreve" i pamiatniki russkoi literatury XI-XIII vekov, by V. P. Adrianova-Peretts, Leningrad, 1968.

Slovo o polku Igoreve i ego sovremenniki, by B. A. Rybakov, Moscow, 1971.

Early Russian Literature, by John Fennell and Antony Stokes, Berkeley, University of California Press, and London, Faber, 1974.

Slovo o polku Igoreve i kul'tura ego vremeni, by D. S. Likhachev , Leningrad, 1978.

Poetika "Slovo o polku Igoreve", by Boris Gasparov, Vienna, Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, 1984.

Lances Sing: A Study of the Igor Tale, by Robert Mann, Columbus, Ohio, Slavica, 1990.

"Toward a New Critical Edition of the Igor Tale", by Harvey Goldblatt and Riccardo Picchio, Russica Romana, 2 ( 1995), 25-64.

Entsiklopediia "Slovo o polku Igoreve", 5 vols, St Petersburg, 1995.

" Slovo o polku Igoreve". Poetika i lingvistika teksta. "Slovo. . . i pushkinskie teksty, by T. M. Nikolaeva, Moscow, 1997.

Slovo o polku Igoreve ( The Lay of Igor's Campaign) is the most densely poetic, the most intensely studied, the most celebrated and the most cryptic work of early East Slavonic literature. Though the text itself is brief, filling no more than about a dozen pages, its impact has been huge. It is one of a very small group of surviving non-ecclesiastical, non-monastic works which may be attributable to the period before the Mongol conquest. That alone would guarantee scholarly interest, but the qualities and

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