Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

My first thanks go to Harsha Ram, who advised my doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Berkeley, and whose dazzling verbal gifts have inspired me and enriched my work on this book at every stage. As an exceptional teacher and a reader of my dissertation, Irina Paperno modeled a...

Note on the Text

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pp. xi-2

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Introduction

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pp. 3-20

EUGENE’S FATHER WASN’T the only one who didn’t understand his son’s gloss on political economy. Commentators on the above passage from Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin (1825–32) have long debated the meaning of the “simple product” the hero values more highly than gold...

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1. Mad Ambition

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pp. 21-54

AMBITION HAS great narrative potential. Stemming from the Latin ambire—to go round, or more specifically, to go round canvassing for votes—it propels movement through space and time. Seminal texts of the nineteenth-century Russian prose tradition harness this dynamism only to curtail it...

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2. Gogol’s Gift

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pp. 55-88

ON AN UNDATED PAGE in a lady’s album, Nikolai Gogol compares his own head to a dirty room in which an unsuccessful party took place the previous night. The owner of the album was Mar’ia Vlasova, whose younger sister, Zinaida Volkonskaya, was among the most celebrated Russian...

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3. Dostoevsky’s Money

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pp. 89-108

MONEY SPREADS like a connective tissue through the pages of Dostoevsky’s fictions. From Poor Folk to The Brothers Karamazov (Brat’ia Karamazovy, 1879– 80), it binds characters to one another and links them to large- scale social and government institutions. Flowing as salary from the...

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4. The Miser Never Dies

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pp. 109-142

AS REALISM BECAME the new aesthetic standard, type became its primary unit of currency. Like the bills and coins that materialize exchange value, character types embody abstract meanings.1 Moreover, both money and type are subject to fluctuation and reform, and both must contend...

Appendix

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pp. 143-146

Notes

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pp. 147-176

Works Cited

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pp. 177-194

Index

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pp. 195-198