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. At Yale, a Whiting Graduate Fellowship and a Morse Junior Faculty Fellowship helped to provide ...
A Note on Transliteration and Sources
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The main body of this book follows a modifi ed Library of Congress translit-eration system. To make the text more readable for a general audience, I use the common anglicized versions of Russian names and surnames in the body of the work: Fyodor Dostoevsky rather than Fedor Dostoevskii, Leo Tolstoy rather than Lev Tolstoii, Alexander rather than Aleksandr, Alyosha rather ...
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...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 fi rst time in almost a decade. Sitting down to plan one of his fi rst articles for the publication, he wrote the following notes:Article about the diversity of modern society, people have lost their forms; ...
Part I. Context
Chapter One: From 'Time to Demons' : Genre, History, and Modernization, 1861 - 1871
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...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. A spirit of great optimism reigned among the intelligentsia and found voice in the pleth-ora of new journals that opened following a relaxation of censorship policy ...
Chapter Two: Dostoevsky as Editor: Conflicting Visions of Russian Modernity in 'The Citizen'
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Demons, Dostoevsky returned to the world of journalism for the fi rst time since the closure of his journal Epoch in 1865, becoming the editor of Prince Meshchersky’s weekly journal The Citizen. He edited sixty- fi ve issues of the journal, from January 1, 1873, to April 22, 1874.1 Sitting down to plan one of his fi rst articles for the publication, he wrote a set of notes detailing the ...
Part II. Readings
Chapter Three: 'The Adolescent' : Remaking the Noble Family Novel
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...pages of Fatherland Notes, The Adolescent has been the subject of critical mis-understanding, condemnation, and neglect. The fi rst negative reviews began to appear in the thick journals and newspapers after the publication of the novel’s fi rst installment in January 1875.1 The work has been marginalized in Dostoevsky scholarship ever since, frequently excluded from studies of ...
Chapter Four: Between Babel and a New Word: 'A Writer's Diary' as Monojournal
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...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 transcen-dent ideal. The ridiculous man is saved from suicide by a redemptive vision, yet he is unable to communicate that vision to those around him. The gulf between the transcendent ideal of his vision and the disordered chaos of the ...
Chapter Five: The Novel and Legend: Religious Narrative in 'The Brothers Karamazov'
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...titled “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, Alyosha Karamazov hears Father Paissy reading the parable of the mir-acle of the wedding at Cana. Pondering the parable’s meaning, he suddenly ...
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...1870s are characterized by two contradictory formal impulses. The fi rst 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. It is an impulse toward fragmentation, a recognition of the necessity of representing chaotic ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: SRLT