Cover

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Frontmatter

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

Acknowledgments / Note on Transliteration, Citation, and Translation

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pp. vii-x

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1. Introduction: Food and Sex in Russian Literature

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pp. 1-39

The humorous exchange above between the precocious thirteen-year-old pupil, Thomasina Coverly, and her twenty- two-year-old tutor, Septimus Hodge, at the opening of Tom Stoppard’s play...

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2. Eating as Power: Dostoevsky and Carnivorousness

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pp. 40-97

In The Abortion (1970), a rather fanciful American novel set in the late 1960s, Richard Brautigan describes a public library located somewhere in California that accepts books from its patrons rather than lends them...

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3. Eating as Pleasure: Tolstoy and Voluptuousness

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pp. 98-157

Whereas it seems rather oxymoronic, as we saw in the previous chapter, to speak about a “culinary” Dostoevsky, it seems entirely appropriate to link gastronomy and literature in the case of...

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4. Carnality and Morality in Fin de Siècle and Revolutionary Russia

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pp. 158-226

The shadow cast by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, the two giants of the great nineteenth-­ century Russian novel, on the literature, culture, and intellectual life of late imperial Russia is indisputably enormous...

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5. Conclusion: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the Human Animal

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pp. 227-237

In this study of carnal desire, as it is represented in works by Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and other writers in nineteenth-­ century and early-­ twentieth-­century Russia, our discussion began with the oral regression and infantilism...

Notes

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pp. 239-299

Bibliography

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pp. 301-322

Index

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pp. 323-338