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Slavic Sins of the Flesh
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A pathbreaking “gastrocritical” approach to the poetics of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and their contemporaries This remarkable work by Ronald D. LeBlanc is the first study to appraise the representation of food and sexuality in the nineteenth-century Russian novel. Meticulously researched and elegantly and accessibly written, Slavic Sins of the Flesh sheds new light on classic literary creations as it examines how authors Nikolay Gogol, Ivan Goncharov, Grigorii Kvitka-Osnovyanenko, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy used eating in their works as a trope for male sexual desire. The treatment of carnal desire in these renowned works of fiction stimulated a generation of young writers to challenge Russian culture’s anti-eroticism, supreme spirituality, and utter disregard for the life of the body, so firmly rooted in centuries of ideological domination by the Orthodox Church.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments / Note on Transliteration, Citation, and Translation
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: Food and Sex in Russian Literature
  2. pp. 1-39
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  1. 2. Eating as Power: Dostoevsky and Carnivorousness
  2. pp. 40-97
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  1. 3. Eating as Pleasure: Tolstoy and Voluptuousness
  2. pp. 98-157
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  1. 4. Carnality and Morality in Fin de Siècle and Revolutionary Russia
  2. pp. 158-226
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  1. 5. Conclusion: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the Human Animal
  2. pp. 227-237
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-299
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 301-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-338
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