Abstract: The paper overviews the crisis currently affecting literature and its study. The author selectively surveys professional points of view on the crisis of Russian literature. Opinions of critics, writers, literary historians, publishers and sociologists are all taken into consideration. The author focuses on the most discussed problems facing literature today: the poor quality of recent literature, its lack of social prestige, the futility of literature, as well as that of writers, literary critics and theorists.
Keywords: Russian literature, literary crisis, literary criticism, literary history