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The New Russian Dostoevsky
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During the Soviet years, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the most troublesome of the nineteenth-century Russian novelists. Religious, opinionated, conservative, and chauvinistic, his work challenged the atheistic and communist foundation of the Soviet state. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dostoevsky rapidly became the most popular Russian classic. Taking advantage of the freedoms that came with glasnost, Russian scholars have produced a wealth of new studies exploring previously neglected aspects of the writer's life and work. "The New Russian Dostoevsky: Readings for the Twenty-First Century" presents a broad range of works by Russia's finest Dostoevsky scholars, appearing here in English translation for the first time. The collection offers general studies, including essays on the latest trends in Dostoevsky scholarship, on the 150-year history of anti-Dostoevsky sentiment in Russia, on the use of new technologies to study manuscripts and print materials, and on Dostoevsky's religion and philosophy, as well as close readings and annotations of the classic novels "Crime and Punishment," "The Idiot," "Demons," and "The Brothers Karamazov." These essays combine the meticulous scholarship and authority that have always characterized the work of Russian scholars with a bracing originality and a new respect for the religious and cultural aspects of the writer's work that were neglected in the Soviet years. This book will appeal to anyone interested in Dostoevsky's work and eager to learn how he is read and studied in his homeland.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. p. xii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. About the Translators
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. I. General Trends
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. The Dostoevsky Syndrome
  2. pp. 9-24
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  1. New Categories for Philological Analysisand Dostoevsky Scholarship
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. The Gospel in F. M. Dostoevsky's Life and Work (Optical-Electronic Reconstruction of Marginaliain Dostoevsky's Copy of the New Testament)
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. An Unknown Letter by Dostoevsky
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. Dostoevsky's "Science of the Heart"
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. Euclidian and Non-Euclidian Reason
  2. pp. 65-92
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  1. II. Individual Works: Crime and Punishment
  2. pp. 93-94
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  1. Commentary on Crime and Punishment: Space, Time, Material Details, Echoes
  2. pp. 95-122
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  1. Literary and Real-life Prototypes of Dostoevsky's Heroes: The "Tradesman in the Robe" in Crime and Punishment
  2. pp. 123-138
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  1. Gospel Quotations in Crime and Punishment: The Marmeladov Funeral Dinner
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. The Idiot
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. History in a Name: Myshkin and the "Horizontal Sanctuary"
  2. pp. 145-164
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  1. Holy Foolishness and Madness, Death and Resurrection, Being and Non-Being in The Idiot
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. Demons
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. Distortion of the Ideal: The Cripple in Demons
  2. pp. 189-216
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  1. Dostoevsky's Novel Demons and Russian Balagan
  2. pp. 217-228
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  1. Kinesic Observations on F. M. Dostoevsky's Novel Demons
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. The Brothers Karamazov
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Saying Prayers for the Dead over the Living:Ancient Custom, its Transformation and Significance in The Brothers Karamazov
  2. pp. 249-256
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  1. The Legend of the Medelianka
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. Commentary on a Commentary: The Medelianka and the Return of Zhuchka
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Alyosha's Destiny
  2. pp. 271-286
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  1. Images
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  1. Back Cover
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