The Novel in the Age of Disintegration
Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre in the 1870s
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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This book would not have been possible without the help and support of people in four countries: the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, and Canada. Parts of it were conceived at the University of Cambridge; it took shape at Yale University and was completed at the University of Toronto. ...
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At the end of 1872, following the end of the publication of his most controversial novel, Demons, Fyodor Dostoevsky became editor of Prince Meshchersky’s conservative weekly journal, The Citizen, returning to the world of journalism for the first time in almost a decade. ...
Part I. Context
Chapter One: From Time to Demons : Genre, History, and Modernization, 1861–1871
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In the middle of December 1859, Dostoevsky returned to St. Petersburg from his ten-year exile in Siberia. A new tsar, Alexander II, had been on the throne since 1855, and limited consultation regarding changes to the system of serfdom and censorship reform had already begun. ...
Chapter Two: Dostoevsky as Editor: Conflicting Visions of Russian Modernity in The Citizen
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At the end of 1872, following the end of the serialization of Demons, Dostoevsky returned to the world of journalism for the first time since the closure of his journal Epoch in 1865, becoming the editor of Prince Meshchersky’s weekly journal The Citizen. He edited sixty-five issues of the journal, from January 1, 1873, to April 22, 1874.1 ...
Part II. Readings
Chapter Three: The Adolescent : Remaking the Noble Family Novel
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Since the moment of its first publication in the pages of Fatherland Notes, The Adolescent has been the subject of critical misunderstanding, condemnation, and neglect. The first negative reviews began to appear in the thick journals and newspapers after the publication of the novel’s first installment in January 1875.1 ...
Chapter Four: Between Babel and a New Word: A Writer's Diary as Monojournal
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In the short story “Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” published in the April 1877 issue of A Writer's Diary, Dostoevsky provides a powerful account of narrative collapse in the face of an ineffable transcendent ideal. The ridiculous man is saved from suicide by a redemptive vision, yet he is unable to communicate that vision to those around him. ...
Chapter Five: The Novel and Legend: Religious Narrative in The Brothers Karamazov
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In the chapter of the Brothers Karamazov entitled “Cana of Galilee” Dostoevsky presents the novel theorist with a rich web of problems of interpretation.1 Returning to the monastery after the death and subsequent putrefaction of Elder Zosima have challenged his faith, ...
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This study has argued that Dostoevsky’s works of the 1870s are characterized by two contradictory formal impulses. The first is expressed in Dostoevsky’s choice of an illegitimate half-peasant, half-noble adolescent for his hero in The Adolescent, a choice that represents a direct challenge to the aristocratic heroes of Tolstoy and Turgenev. ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013