Vasily Rozanov and the Body of Russian Literature
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Slavica Publishers
Table of Contents
Introduction; Vasily Rozanov's Philosophy of Sexuality as Body Politics
Considered one of the most original Russian thinkers of his day, Vasily Rozanov (1856-1919) based his philosophy of sexuality on three main components: race, sex, and religion.3 Out of this philosophy he created a body politics based on the idea that sexuality, if repressed by state and religion, creates a society...
Chapter 1. Russian Literature and Racial Hybridity: The Beilis Affair
According to Vasily Rozanov, Russian literature was denunciatory in its very character; it corrupted and weakened society by fostering ideals that were negative and destructive.3 Rozanov was well aware of the power of the printed word in the contemporary society, especially of the impact that Russian writers had on the young...
Chapter 2. Alexander Pushkin's Family Life as Moral Saga
For Pushkin's centenary celebrations in 1899, Rozanov wrote a surprisingly predictable article with the unprepossessing title "A. S. Pushkin."3 In it he employed such commonplace formulae as "today marks the first centenary celebration of the principal luminary..."
Chapter 3. Orientalizing the Orientalizer: The Case of Nikolai Gogol
In literary criticism Gogol's writings and personality have been subjected to interpretations based on his "peculiar" sexuality, specifically homosexuality (and its repressed variant, asexuality) and necrophilia.3 Ideas about the inorganic nature of Gogol's homunculi-characters gained wide currency in literary...
Chapter 4. A Forced Alliance: Becoming Dostoevsky
In the history of Russian literature Vasily Rozanov is linked to Dostoevsky mainly through two well known events: Rozanov's publication of the highly popular work of literary criticism Legenda o Velikom inkvizitore F. M. Dostoevskogo (The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor by F. M. Dostoevsky; 1892); and his marriage in 1881 to Apollinaria Suslova...
Chapter 5. Ivan Turgenev and the Ethnicity of Love
Ivan Turgenev is one of the major nineteenth-century Russian writers whose work, as Rozanov reiterated, became unfashionable during Rozanov's times. Yet, Rozanov took upon himself the task to change this situation by appealing to the contemporary reader to focus on the themes of love and romance in...
Chapter 6. The Russianness of Leo Tolstoy's Body as a Mirror of the Russian Family Crisis
Leo Tolstoy, the author of The Kreutzer Sonata, the tale of a murder committed by a jealous husband, and of Anna Karenina (1873-1877), the story of an aristocratic woman driven to an extramarital affair and subsequent suicide by her sexual passions, could not have remained unnoticed by Rozanov, a leading investigator...
Conclusion. Rozanov's Body Politics in Contemporary Post-Soviet Russia
It should by now be clear to the reader that, if not read in its entirety, Rozanov's paratactic work can easily be misinterpreted; indeed, in many ways his work lends itself to manipulation and distortion since its very fabric is the manipulation of facts. As we know, the same "facts" could be depicted both positively...
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2010
OCLC Number: 794925066
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